Published Tuesday, November 24, 2020
Almost 5,000 motorcyclists sanctioned
for not wearing a helmet
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff
During this year, between January and October, 4,887 bikers were fined for not wearing a helmet or wearing it incorrectly while driving, reported the Traffic Police.
Also, 2,433 motorcyclists were fined for allowing the passenger not to wear the helmet or to wear it incorrectly. In total, 7,320 motorcycles were punished for these reckless actions, costing the individual a fine of $185.
The second leading reasoning for a fine during the same period is for not wearing reflective clothing while riding a motorcycle. In this case, more than 6,000 bikers were each fined $90.
Another reckless action is carrying children under the age of 5 on the motorcycle, resulting in 130 bikers fined for $370 each.
According to police statistics, during the same period 88 bikers died in traffic accidents.
Last week the traffic police reported 16,092 people fined for parking violations, from January to October.
Many drivers have parked in legal zones taking advantage of the fact that there are fewer vehicles on the streets, due to the ban-on-driving rule imposed by the government to try to contain the advancement of covid-19 in the country.
Among the main places where traffic officers find badly parked cars are those blocking a home or garages, on a sidewalk, near a hydrant, blocking ramps for people with disabilities, blocking street corners, on bicycle lanes, parking on yellow stripe zones or even on a pedestrian crossing.
The fine for unlawful parking is approximately $90. In case the driver is not close to the place at the time the officials apply the fine, the vehicle could be towed, according to the Traffic Law.
The authorities make a call to the public to denounce people who are breaking the Traffic Law. Complaints can be made by calling the General Directorate of Traffic Police at 2523-3300 or 911.
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