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Why does INS have a policy for drunk drivers?

Rico's TICO BULL - Yes, the State insurer, the Instituto Nacional de Seguros (INS), has an insurance product for its customers (insured) who drive under the influence of alcohol - that is drive drunk. The produce, called “extra prima del 20%”, is an insurance policy...

Another Senseless Tragedy: Mother And Son Die in Crash

In yet another tragedy a 28-year-old woman and her 7-year-old son died senselessly in a crash to avoid a traffic police checkpoint, on Saturday night in Golfito, in the southern zone. Four others were injured in the head-on crash. One of theme, a 13-year-old boy...

Costa Rica Gets Tough On Drunk Drivers For The Holiday Season

As we head into the end of year holiday season, the Attorney General's Office (Fiscalía General) and the Transit Police (Policía de Tránsito) united their voices to give a clear and forceful message: they will be relentless against drunk drivers. On Friday, Emilia Navas (Attorney...

Court Confirms Drunk Driver That Killed Athlete To Remain At Liberty

The Tribunal Penal de San José (San Jose Criminal Court) confirmed on Monday that the driver running over and killing Venezuelan athlete David Gabriel Yanes Pacheco, while running the San Jose Media Marathon, on Sunday, October 22, will remain at liberty. The decision was made...

Time To Put A Stop To Costa Rica’s “Pura Birra” Culture

EDITORIAL - Costa Rica's Judicial System Broken. Really Broken. Once again we have proof that Costa Rica's judiciary system is broken. I mean really broken. Once too many times we have seen a driver under the influence of alcohol or drugs kill and be set...

Photos Show Driver That Killed Three Cyclists in Curridabat Was Drinking Heavily In A Bar in Alajuela Before The Incident

Q COSTA RICA - It was 4:11am Sunday, January 29th last, in front of the Walmart store in Curridabat, on the old road to Tres Rios, on the east side of San jose, when a speeding car ended the life of three cyclists and...

On Average, 231 Traffic Tickets A Day Issued In First Months of the Year

  (QCOSTARICA) Bad driving, careless driving, bad road design and poor enforcement due to lack of traffic officials are the factors behind the growing number of accidents on Costa Rica's roads. The Policia de Transito (traffic police) reports attending 41, 779 accidents between January 1 and...

MOPT Announces Saliva Test For Drunk Drivers

QCOSTARICA - The Ministerio de Obras Públicas y Transportes (MOPT) announced Friday it will be purchasing 4.000 saliva tests it will use starting in August, to measure the blood alcohol level of drivers. According to the MOPT, the devices will replace blood tests to verify...

“Death Of My Daughter Was Not Accident, It Was Murder”, Says Mother

QCOSTARICA - On national television, Esperanza Gamboa, mother of the 17 year old girl killed in a traffic accident last Friday, called on the country to unite against drunk drivers. 'The death of my daughter was no accident, it was murder", said Esperanza through her...

More Drunk and Reckless Drivers This Semana Santa

QCOSTARICA - Despite the strong campaign of the last several years against drinking and driving, the Policia de Tránsito (traffic police) report more drunk drivers for this Semana Santa (Easter Week). Mario Calderon, director of the traffic police force, said that compared to last year,...

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