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Lack of helmets is the leading traffic violation in the coastal areas

By Oliver Pérez

Driving a motorcycle without a helmet is one of the most common traffic violations made by drivers in the coastal areas that include Samara, Garza and Nosara.

During several routine operations done in different parts of these communities, transit police officers have been able to determine that drivers refuse to wear a helmet even if the new Ley de Tránsito (Transit Law) imposes a ¢220,000 colones ticket on those who do not wear one.

According to Dionisio Chávez, Chief of the Transit Police Station in Nicoya, routine checkpoints are primarily set up on the road that leads to Playa Samara and, in addition, they can take place at any time on the road to Nosara.

“We have observed, during our on-road inspections, that these areas are where many drivers are likely to disrespect the Transit Law”, explained the officer.

According to data from the Transit Police, on-road operations are done three times a month and, approximately 15 tickets are issued on each one.

One of the problems that officers have encountered is that each time they arrive at a particular place, other vehicles serve as a “warning bell” by letting other drivers know beforehand of the officer’s presence on the road.

Chávez mentioned that, during routine operations that have been done with the Fuerza Pública, they have detected vehicles and motorcycles without the proper documentation or that are being driven by underage drivers.

The reform made to the Ley de Tránsito (Transit Law), establishes a ¢58.680 colones ticket in cases where drivers do not carry the necessary documentation such as the registration card, the vehicle’s title certificate and the marchamo (road tax).


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