San José, Costa Rica, since 1956

Traffic Police Get Stricter Along Tourist Routes

Since the beginning of the year,there has been an increased number of Traffic Police patrolling Costa Rica s main roads to popular tourist destinations,and this will continue until the middle of February, according to the Public Works and Transport Ministry.

The added vigilance is an effort to curb dangerous driving practices such as drinking and driving,speeding ,car rying too many passengers,not wearing a seatbelt and driving while talking on a cell phone,said Transit Police Director Juan Manuel Delgado.

The routes now under more vigilance include highways along Costa Rica s northern and southern borders; the highway from Puente Manolos,w est of San José,heading northwest to Orotina, Liberia and the Nicoya Peninsula in the northwestern Guanacaste province; the highway between San José and the Caribbean port city of Limón; the highway between Cartago,east of San José, and Pérez Zeledón,in the southern region; and the highway from Valle de El General in the Southern Zone heading toward the border with Panama.

So far this year,17 highway deaths have been reported,ac cording to the statement. The main causes include speeding and alcohol consumption.


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