QCOSTARICA – The director of the Judicial Investigation Organization (OIJ), Francisco Segura, asked the members of the Commission on Security and Drug Trafficking (Comisión de Seguridad y Narcotráfico, in Spanish) the prohibit two people traveling on the same motorcycle.
That is one of six suggestions presented by Segura, as a measure to reduce the number of homicides and assaults perpetrated by individuals travelling on motorcycle.
The trend started in 2014 and is continuing this year, according to the OIJ chief.
The other proposals include helmets with visors be transparent, reflective vests include the license plate number in large type (as used in Colombia for example) and the prohibition of the use of a balaclava (while riding a motorcycle).
The official justified his request with the fact that between 2014 and to date this year, 45 homicides have involved motorcycles, in 21 of the cases there were two people on the motorcycle.
In addition, Segura said that last year there were 1.739 assaults committed by individuals on a motorcycle, and 215 so far this year.
Supporting the proposal is Attorney General, Jorge Chavarria.
“The initiative of the director of the OIJ is aimed at strengthening the prevention of assaults and homicides committed with the use of motorcycles ... we will happy to collaborate with the Commission on Security and Trafficking of the Legislature,” Chavarria said.
The head of the commission, legislator José Francisco Camacho Leiva, said the proposal requires study.
“The measures are good, but this situation goes beyond that … we need to follow the money: who deposited it, who collected, how is moving it, ” said Camacho, explaining that the changes to the laws of forfeiture is required because, at this time, authorities are limited in that field.
Francisco Segura estimated that the country needs to make decisions, because criminals are changing their methods to not be identified by authorities and witnesses. “What is sought is to lower the high number of casualties,” he said.