COSTA RICA NEWS – Starting tomorrow the Policía de Tránsito (traffic police) will begin to increase its controls from 2:00pm to 5:00am on routes from San José and Cartago, between Walmart and La Galera, as pilgrims make their advance trek to the Virgen de los Angeles.

The director of Tránsito, Mario Calderón, said its all part of the annual visit to Cartago in celebration of the Virgen de los Angeles on August 2.

Next week, Tránsito will be on full alert for the days July 30, 31 and August 2, when the majori influx of pilgrims are expected.

In addition, increased patrols will on the following routes: Interamericana Norte between San José y Peñas Blanca; Interamericana Sur, between San José and Paso Canoas); the Bernardo Soto (airport to San Ramón; the old road to Orotina and San Matero; theCircunvalación; Tibás; and San Pedro, among others.

In total, Tránsito is assigning 280 officials (25% of the total force), that include 80 motorcycle units, ten “normal” crane patrol units and two “heavy duty”.

Patrol units will be equipped with breathalyzers and a number with speed cameras.

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