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Police issue over 3K fines for reckless driving

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Published on Monday, May 22, 2023
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff


Reckless driving continues on an upswing, as of April more than 3,370 drivers were fined for breaking the Traffic Law, according to Traffic Police.

Police fined over 1,200 motorcycle riders for not wearing a helmet or wearing it incorrectly. Additionally, more than 730 riders were fined because their passenger wasn't wearing a helmet. Riders must pay a fine of about $230.

Police issued more than 940 fines to drivers who failed to stop at a red light. The drivers earned a fine of about $450 plus a four-point penalty on their license records. 

Over 380 drivers were fined for carrying children without the proper safety devices. They also earned a fine of about $450 plus take a penalty of four points reduced on their driving record.

All children under the age of 12, and smaller than 145 centimeters, must use a booster seat appropriate for their weight and size, according to the law.

They report more than 120 fines for driving on sidewalks. Of these 90% were motorcyclists who must pay a fine of about $230, the rest were bikers who were $50 fined.

As of March, more than 2,700 DUI tests were applied by Traffic Police. Of these, police identified over 500 positive DUI with more than 0.75 grams of alcohol in their systems, according to the Ministry of Public Transports.

The first quarter of the year, from January to  March, closed with 120 deaths in traffic accidents, police reported.

Last year closed with 484 deaths in traffic accidents, Traffic Police reported. According to police statistics, 215 more deaths were registered compared to the 365 fatalities in 2021, which is an increase of 59%.  

Police call on drivers to respect the law and take precautionary measures to avoid accidents. People can report any case of reckless driving to the 911 emergency line.

What are the penalties for reckless driving in your country?
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