Monday 14 June 2021

Use Of Roller Skates On Public Roads Is Illegal and Risky

COSTA RICA NEWS — Despite the danger and high risk of being injured some have taking to the streets on roller skates and skate boards.

Mapatinesrio Calderón, director of the Policía de Tránsito (traffic police) said that the growing trend of using roller skates on roads is not only risky, but illegal.

The traffic law prohibits on public roads, skateboards and other self-propelled devices that are no specifically “authorized”, in according with Article 124 of the Ley de Tránsito.

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Transitos (traffic officials) can confiscate the skates or skateboards and issue the individual a ¢20.000 colones fine.

For the director, the major concern is the growing number of minors moving about in roller skates and skateboards, weaving through traffic, as the change of an accident is very high for the individual and motorists, especially for the motorcyclist.

Calderón say the change must go through a cultural process (parents teaching their children against his practice, for example) and not by repression from the traffic police, who continue to apply measures to prevent accidents.

In July last year, a 14 year old girl, died while riding roller skates on a public road in El Carmen de Guadalupe.

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Source: CRHoy

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