Vehicles were most ticketed for parking on a curve, blocking a corner, near a fire hydrant, blocking a ramp for people with disabilities, over sidewalks,
blocking access to the garage of houses or shops or even in places where there are “no parking” signs, among others.
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Published Friday, February 19, 2021
More than 2,000 drivers fined in January
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff
The Traffic Police has fined 2,187 drivers during January for wrongful parking. According to the Traffic Law, the fine for this infraction is $100. The officer also has the choice to seize the vehicle license plate number.
This leaves the driver having to hire a towing service since the law prohibits driving any type of vehicle without its plates.
Vehicles were most ticketed for parking on a curve, blocking a corner, near a fire hydrant, blocking a ramp for people with disabilities, over sidewalks, blocking access to the garage of houses or shops or even in places where there are “no parking” signs, among others.
Police also reported having fined 168 drivers in January for transporting children without proper security devices. According to the law:
All children under the age of 12, and smaller than 145 centimeters, must use a booster seat appropriate for their weight and size.
All infants and toddlers should ride in a rear-facing seat until they reach the highest weight or height allowed by their car safety seat manufacturer. Most convertible seats have limits that will allow children to ride rear-facing for 2 years or more.
Children, specifically toddlers and preschoolers, who have outgrown the rear-facing weight or height limit for their convertible seat should use a forward-facing seat with a harness for as long as possible, up to the highest weight or height allowed by their car safety seat manufacturer. Many seats can accommodate children up to 65 pounds or more.
All school-aged children whose weight or height exceeds the forward-facing limit for their car safety seat should use a belt-positioning booster seat until the vehicle seat belt fits properly, typically when they have reached 4 feet 9 inches in height and are between the ages of 8 to 12.
Children old enough and large enough for the vehicle seat belt to fit them correctly should always use lap and shoulder seat belts for their best protection. All children younger than 13 should ride in the back seat.
Motorcyclists were also on that list of those fined during January. Traffic Police fined 15 bikers for illegally taking children under the age of 5 on a motorcycle.
According to the law, transporting children in a vehicle without the appropriate safety device or for carrying children under the age of 5 on a motorcycle, are fined approximately $365, plus their driver's record is penalized with 4 points.
People can report any case of faults to the Traffic Law by dialing the 911 emergency line.
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