While it appears like that on the surface, the eleven tragic deaths so far this year on the Route 27 (San Jose – Caldera) highway; having the courage and the “right of way” is arguable, if not fatal.

For some mysterious reason the definition of a free country gets confused with a nation classically irresponsible and to an even larger extent, unaccountable. Certainly these are gross generalizations, but the “tag” stands. Of course we are not close to the bottom of the list, but we seem to be getting closer. (Try Rome, Barcelona, Paris, New York, for driving, etc.)

By rupturing, compromising and flat out breaking law it points out that “yes we are innovative” which has been a constant complaint of both government and business for seemingly endless years. In addition, it gives one the sense of always needing to be on guard 24/7/365

There have been literally thousands of studies that come to a similar conclusion: People, governments and business do not respect the law, they fear it. If there is no fear of being punished, then we would have a lawless society much like what is now taking place in Nigeria and the blatant capture of the 200+ girls from a school, or the reported on going rapes in India that go unabated despite harsh rhetoric and perhaps to a far lesser extent, but equally as appalling, in our own piece of Paradise where young people are sold as a premium. (Deny it, but it is real.)

I am not promoting goose stepping Gestapos nor the bloody switching laws of Singapore for spitting gum on the street. I am promoting the reasonable enforcement of law that will at least dilute but not entirely take away those with the most courage who believe they have the right away.

A simple and dangerous example are Sunday mornings on just about any street in Costa Rica where the newest and most expensive fad is to get exercise by riding big time bicycles.

It is a challenge not to run over one or more riders as they spread out like the pelaton at Tour de France including blinking lights of a volunteer motorcycle leading the way.

They use the highways mostly because the holes (huecos) are limited and the surface smoother so these riders do their weekend exercises on Route 27 to Caldera.

Ooops, coming the other way but on the same side of the road running against traffic and the platon is an adhoc marathon of joggers, while at the same time speeding trucks and cars are jumping lanes to avoid squishing them and looking in the rear view mirror at a bunch of third middle fingers as if they are at fault for not furthering yield the limited road way.

In fact, it is posted by the Transito Police, “no bicycles allowed on the highway.” (No matter how expensive the bike might be.) Runners have rules that are still up in the air.

“Hey” a little courage and the bikes have the right away.

”Even better if cars and motos running red lights, making illegal turns, parking in the middle of a street to talk “cutsie” with the “novia,” and the motorcycles passing on the inside, or crossing double yellow lines to get ahead; now this is big time courage.

However, since there is limited traffic law enforcement, the fear of law itself is limited, until a truck, car, train plows into one or more of these cars/riders/runners. Then it becomes headline news with a tsk, tsk, and to quickly be forgotten as again freedom prevails.

Side Post: Do I stop at a red light on Avenida 8, in downtown San Jose in the dark of night….hell no! I look both ways and then I get out of there for fear of my life. I exercise my right of courage to live.

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