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Transito To Give Advice To Drivers and Pedestrians To Avoid Accidents With The Train

The Policia de Transito (Traffic Police) has come out with a public campaign giving advice to drivers to avoid accidents at the 23 train level crossings that bars and lights were recently installed. The traffic police have also posted officials at the various points, one...

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...

Transito To Fine Buses That Transport Strikers

The Policia de Transito (Traffic Police) warned holders of concessions from the Public Transport - ie buses and minivans - from using their units to transport strikers or face sanctions that could be a fine of more than ¢100,000 or have their license plates...

The Policia de Transito At Work

With a worrisome and growing figure of road fatalities, the Policia de Transito (Traffic Police) have stepped up their game: more patrols (including night), spotchecks and radar control, like that pictured below on the Cañas - Liberia portion of the Interamericana Norte (Ruta 1).

‘Craziness’ Detonates Tragedies On The Road

Up to Wednesday, August 22, 32 people lost their lives in traffic accidents, more than one death per day this month. And so far this year, the number of fatalities exceeds 288 people, in on third of the cases, the deceased were between 10...

Policia de Transito Gets New Vehicles

The Policia de Transito (Traffic Police) will be debuting 80 new vehicles, 22 of which will be on the road by Semana Santa, when the police forces mounts one of its biggest operations on the nation's roads. The new vehicles will be distributed among the...

Traffic Police and OIJ Advocate Removal Of Bodies Without Presence of a Judge

The Judicial Investigation Organization (OIJ), the Policia de Transito (Traffic Police) and a former criminal judge advocate that the removal of bodies in traffic accidents be carried out without the presence of a judge. The discussion gained strength after less than a month two traffic...

Can The Traffic Police Force You To Get Out Of Your Vehicle?

Wednesday morning in Alajuela, apparently a driver was demanded to get out of his vehicle by officials of the Policia de Transito (Traffic Police). As the man refused, he was taken by Transito to the local police station - sitting in his car while...

Bad Parking Can Mean More Than Three Days Wait To Recover Seized Plates

Q COSTA RICA - Drivers who have their vehicle license plates confiscated for parking illegally, such as in 'yellow zones', on sidewalks or other prohibited areas, in addition to having to pay the fine, will have to wait at least three days to recover...

Ticketing Illegally Parked Vehicles Without Presence of Driver Now In Force

  Q COSTA RICA - Don't be surprised to find a ticket for your illegally parked vehicle, even if you weren't personally present to be ticketed, as the Policia de Transito (Traffic Police) began on Monday enforcing the latest reforms to the Ley de Transito...

Transito “Sweep” Of Badly Parked Vehicles On Downtown San Jose Streets

This Thursday morning alone, in the area of the Instituto Nacional de Seguros (INS) and the Ministerio de Relaciones Exteriores (Foreign Ministry, also known as Casa Amarilla), Transito officials issued 25 tickets to badly parked vehicles, bringing the total to 71 for the week....

Know The 19 Changes To The Traffic Law

Q COSTA RICA - Legislators on Monday approved in first debate reforms to the Ley de Transito (Traffic Law). The following are the 19 changes contained in Bill 19.636: Parking 1.  Area will be defined for the exclusive use of loading and unloading for vehicles, including heavy...

Costa Rica’s Traffic Cops Fight Back

(QCOSTARICA) Being a Transito (traffic cop) in Costa Rica is tough job. Daily they face aggression by drivers, some acting violently, while others opening their wallets to avoid a traffic ticket, then turning around to accuse the Transito of being corrupt. The lack of manpower...

MOPT Wants To See Staggered Work Hours For Public Employees To Solve Costa Rica’s Traffic Chaos

QCOSTARICA - In a press conference Monday, the Minister of Transport (MOPT), Carlos Villalta, announced a plan to stagger works hours at public institution with the aims of reducing traffic congestion in the Greater Metropolitan Area (GAM). Villalta explained that, although the initiative is not...

Costly Fines Insufficient To Lower Deaths On Costa Rica’s Roads

QCOSTARICA - Improper passing, speeding and driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs continue to be the main cause of fatal traffic accidents in Costa Rica. What is clear to authorities is that the severe fines introduced in the reforms of the Ley de...

Drivers Have Lost The Fear Of Death: Traffic Police Chief

QCOSTARICA - Reckless driving is the main cause of fatal road accidents in Costa Rica says the director of the Policia de Transito (Traffic Police), Mario Calderon. The police chief says that drivers have lost their fear of death, and thus leads to casualties on...

Costa Rica Transport Authorities Call To Eradicate Culture Of Warning Other Drivers Of Police Presence

QCOSTARICA - The Ministry of Transport don't want us to speed. They also don't want us to alert drivers who do, of police ahead. In a post on the social media, the Ministerio de Obras Publicas y Transportes (MOPT) is making a call to "eradicate...

Traffic Police Expands Force With Officials Working Pro Bono

(QCOSTARICA) How would like to work pro bono as traffic cop in Costa Rica? With the objective of increasing the size of the police force and due to budget constrains, the Policia de Transito (Traffic Police) will be recruiting between 25 and 40 officials...

Traffic Official Exempt From Working Saturdays

(QCOSTARICA) Paúl Rivera Núñez is a religious man. He is also a traffic official (oficial de la Policía de Tránsito).  Working at the Cartago delegation, he has a different work schedule than the rest of his co-workers, he does not work on Saturdays due...

Police Fear “Picones” (Street Racers)

QCOSTARICA - "I'll explain something ...  those people (referring to the street racers) carry drugs; they are armed," Rafael Delgado, a traffic official (tránsito) in San José, replied to La Nacion when questioned why the traffic police (Policia de Tránsito) does not approach the...

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