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Published on Tuesday,  November 16, 2021
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Despite the ban-on-driving rule and early closure time for bars, stores and places to buy liquor established by authorities to try to reduce the covid-19 contagion, the Traffic Police reported more than 2,000 drunk drivers were taken before a judge of the Public Ministry for breaking the Traffic Law.

According to the police, this year, from January to October, they detected 2,888 positive DUI cases. More than the same period in 2020, when 2,335 cases were reported.

Of the total positive DUI cases, there were 2,121 people arrested that tested with over 0.75 grams of alcohol in their system. They were arrested and their vehicles were seized. Drivers also have to pay a fine of approximately $510, plus take the penalty of 6 points on their driving record.

When a driver is penalized with 6 points on their driving record, they are forced to take the driving course again and must score a minimum of 80 points out of 100 to renew their driverís license.

Also, 300 drivers had blood alcohol results between 0.20 and 0.75 grams in the test. They were not arrested but they must pay the same fine of about $510 plus the penalty of 6 points on their driving record.

In the case of 467 drivers, they tested with a very low blood-alcohol level. The very low levels of alcohol, within the parameters allowed by law, allowed for people to not receive any sanction.

Recently, Police reported an increase in road accidents death rate.

What is the drunk driving penalty in your country?  We would like to know your thoughts on this story. Send your comments to news@amcostarica.com

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