The statistics department of the Policía de Tránsito informs that 31 drivers were ticketed between Saturday and Sunday, after the effect of the new point system. And the majority of the tickets were for speeding.
Under the new point system, drivers are given “demerit” points of four or six for each offence. The accumulation of 12 points – two offences in Category A or three in Category B or a combination thereof – means a driver losing his or her license for 12 months.
Offences in Category A include: speeding, driving under the influence, driving with an expired license, passing in curves, train crossings and bridges and making a U turn or left turn where prohibited. Offences in Category A are six points and a ¢280.000 colones fine.
Offences in Category B include: failing to stop at a stop sign or red light, having altered or fake license plates, carrying dangerous goods, not having Riteve vehicular inspection and allowing children under 12 or less than 1.45 m in height without a car seat. Each offence under Category B is four points an a ¢189.000 colones fine.
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