The list of the 14,662 drivers caught speeding by traffic cameras from Sept. 8-19 was published Monday on the website of the government daily La Gaceta. The 120-page document, which appears in PDF format, includes a license plate number, cédula or identification number of the vehicle’s registered driver, and ticket number for each violation. The list is available at: http://www.gaceta.go.cr/pub/2011/09/26/ALCA67_26_09_2011.pdf.
Due to a high volume of visitors to the site Monday, the webpage was saturated and extremely slow to load, often resulting in error messages. The homepage for La Gaceta, www.gaceta.go.cr, was also slow to respond.
Motorists clocked driving 20 kilometers per hour over the established speed limit were ticketed ₡308,000 ($616), while those going faster than 120 km/h received a ₡411,000 ($822) fine. Motorists recorded driving more than 150 km/h could receive between one to three years in prison. By Sept. 19, the amount of fines racked up exceeded $9 million (TT, Sept. 23).
On the final page of the 120-page list, a note from César Enrique Quirós, the Director of the Transit Police, reminds drivers that they have 10 business days to contest the fine. To do so, motorists must go to the office known as the Unidad de Impugnaciones de Boletas de Citación at a regional Roadway Safety Council (COSEVI) office.COSEVI’s office in the Central Valley is located in La Uruca, northwest of downtown San José.
Silvia Bolaños, COSEVI’s director, drivers have until Oct. 13 to contest violations received in September. Late payments on fines are subjected to a 3 percent monthly interest rate.
To pay the tickets, drivers can visit www.infraccion.co.cr, where they will be asked to enter a license plate number to access the site. If no fine has been attributed to the vehicle, the site will read “No tiene infracciones” (“There are no infractions”) in bold red print. If the vehicle has received a violation, the site directs visitors to a document that can be downloaded and printed.
To pay the fine, the document must be completed and mailed or faxed with a copy of the driver’s identification or cédula to the address provided. Payments can be made with cash, check or debit and credit card.
The list of violations will also appear in print on Wednesday in the daily La Nación.