Traffic Police launches surveillance operation for mid-year school vacations

June 30, 2017

Thousands of Costa Rican students begin their mid-year break this weekend, and for that reason the Public Works and Transport Ministry (MOPT) and the Traffic Police will suspend the vehicle restriction for the next two weeks.

Between July 3 – 14, motorists will not have to comply with the restriction that prohibits vehicles from entering downtown San José on one weekday, according to the last digit of their license plate number.

Many workers take time off from work to enjoy with their families during these days, so vehicle traffic in Costa Rica’s capital decreases significantly. The vehicle restriction will restart on Monday, July 17.

Road surveillance

Traffic Police Director Mario Calderón said in a news release that the measure will allow Traffic Police officers who regularly monitor the capital roads to be assigned to highways that lead to popular tourist destinations outside the Central Valley.

Calderón said the police will maintain roadway checkpoints throughout the country for surveillance efforts. Officers will be using radars to detect speeding drivers, currently the leading cause of death on Costa Rican roads.

According to official records, a total of 61 people died in accidents related to speeding between Jan 1 and May 31. Officers in the same period fined 106 motorists for exceeding the speed of 120 kilometers per hour, Calderón said.

Police will also be conducting random breath tests on drivers for drugs and alcohol. “Cases of driving under the influence usually spike during the holidays,” he said.

According to MOPT’s Traffic Department, 13 people died in accidents related to driving under the influence during the first five months of this year. A total of 934 motorists faced a Traffic Court for drinking and driving.

Furthermore, 99 drivers were fined ₡306,850 ($530) and lost all the points on their driving permits for various Traffic Law violations. That means they must attend driving school in order to renew their permits.

The Traffic Police recorded 3,365 accidents during mid-year vacations in 2016. Twelve people died at the site, another 547 were injured and officers issued a total of 10,491 tickets.

You may be interested

Central American nations to sign trade deal with South Korea
Foreign trade
344 views
Foreign trade
344 views

Central American nations to sign trade deal with South Korea

AFP - February 20, 2018

Five Central American nations are to sign a free trade deal with South Korea on Wednesday after more than two…

Christiana Figueres: ‘Costa Rica is in danger of losing what it’s gained’
Elections 2018
1825 views
Elections 2018
1825 views

Christiana Figueres: ‘Costa Rica is in danger of losing what it’s gained’

Elizabeth Lang - February 20, 2018

One of the most prominent Costa Ricans on the international stage released a statement on Costa Rica's ongoing election process.…

Prison sentence for abortion in El Salvador draws attention to Central American laws
Health
452 views
Health
452 views

Prison sentence for abortion in El Salvador draws attention to Central American laws

Julia Ríos / AFP - February 19, 2018

The recent liberation of Salvadoran woman Teodora Vásquez after 11 years of prison for having an abortion has drawn increased…