New traffic law already has netted 172 DUI arrests
Costa Rica´s tough new traffic law is showing teeth, particularly when it comes to taking a bite out of drunken driving.
The number of arrests made for allegedly driving under the influence reached 172 this week, less than two weeks since the law took effect, the Public Works and Transport Ministry said yesterday.
The new law says drunken driving is punishable by up to three year´s jail time (see http://www.ticotimes.net/topstoryarchive/2008_12/121208.htm for more on the law).
Thirty-two of the arrests occurred after New Year´s Day.
The National Police last week stopped a man who was allegedly driving an ambulance down San José´s Avenida 6 under the influence. Officers noticed the ambulance, owned by a private medical response company, was being driven “in an irregular manner,” and checked the driver´s alcohol level to find that it was 1.9 grams per liter, nearly four times the 0.49 g/l legal limit, according to a Jan. 2 Public Security Ministry statement.
You may be interested
UN Committee Against Torture concerned by prison overcrowding in Costa RicaLuis Fernando Cascante / Semanario Universidad - March 20, 2019
A United Nations committee expressed its concern regarding the high rate of incarceration in the country's prisons. The committee in…
The Tico Times on Radio Dos: Community organizes to fight firesThe Tico Times - March 20, 2019
Did you hear The Tico Times on Radio Dos this morning? The Tico Times has teamed with Radio Dos to…
Venezuelan diplomat in Costa Rica accuses Guaidó-appointed ambassador of usurping embassyAFP and The Tico Times - March 20, 2019
The diplomatic representation of Venezuela in Costa Rica accused in court the ambassador appointed by Juan Guaidó of usurpation after…