Of the total fines, 3,547 were for not wearing a seatbelt.
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Published on Tuesday, July 27, 2021

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Despite the strict driving restrictions implemented by the government to try to stop the contagion of covid-19, from January to June, Traffic Police report that 9,635 drivers had to pay a fine for not following basic vehicle security rules.

Drivers who are fined for not using safety devices like wearing a seatbelt or helmet must pay about $180, according to article No.126 of the law.

Of the total fines, 3,547 were for not wearing a seatbelt. Another 1,302 fines for passengers not wearing their seatbelt.

The most common offense fined by police goes to 2,501 motorcyclists for not using their helmet or incorrectly using it. Additionally, another 1,263 riders were fined for transporting a passenger who wasnít wearing a proper helmet.

A much higher fine, of approximately $360 goes to 948 drivers for transporting children under the age of 12 who were not using a booster seat. Another 74 motorcyclists were fined for transporting children under the age of 5 on a motorcycle.

According to the law, the fine for carrying children under the age of 5 on a motorcycle is approximately $360, plus the 4 point penalty on the driving record of the person who commits the infraction.

Last week, police reported more than 2,700 fines for reckless driving.

Also, between January and June, the traffic police reported that 1,703 drivers tested positive for the Driving Under Influence test, DUI.

Police remind people to report any case of a driverís risky behavior by calling the 911 emergency line.

What is the fine in your country for not following basic driving safety measures? We would like to know your thoughts on this story. Send your comments to news@amcostarica.com


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