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Bill that would allow police to support
transit officers moves forward
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By A.M. Costa Rica staff

Monday afternoon 51 legislators approved on first vote Bill 19.445 which would allow the national police forces and municipal police to support the work of the traffic police.

The initiative would allow collaboration in the regulation of the traffic flow and let the regular police issue tickets for some drivers’ misdemeanors.

The bill was introduced into legislative discussion by the former legislator and former presidential candidate of National Restoration Party Fabricio Alvarado.

Other functions that may be assumed by the regular and the municipal police will be the execution of control operations, taking care of traffic accidents and routine police checks.

In the case of municipal police, their actions will be valid only in their territorial jurisdiction.

The voting was approved almost unanimously, except for Otto Vargas, from the Republican Social Christian Party, who questioned the capabilities of the  police to enforce traffic laws. In addition, he also said the idea could cause a distraction from the duties of the police.

Harllan Hoepelman, also from the National Restoration Party labeled the initiative as essential in the midst of a context marked by accidents as one of the leading causes of death.

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The two police forces would be able to support each other upon agreement of the respective ministers.

The bill establishes the need for the Ministry of Public Security to coordinate its actions with that of Public Works and Transportation, which must create the protocols if the regulatory agreement is approved.

As of today, there is no date scheduled for the second vote.

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