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Traffic Law

San José vehicle restriction to be suspended during mid-year school vacations

For the duration of the two-week vacation period, Traffic Police will maintain 15 roadway checkpoints throughout the country and will designate a total of 744 officers, 152 police cars and 217 motorcycles for surveillance efforts.

Pedestrian fatalities in Costa Rica currently outnumber drunk driving deaths

Article 147 of the country’s Traffic Law stipulates fines of ₡21,963 ($40) for pedestrians walking on roads or jaywalking.

Costa Rica approves stricter regulations for noise control from vehicles

The Traffic Administration is currently in the process of buying more sound level meters. Currently traffic police only have 23 of these devices for all seven provinces, but the administration hopes to at least double that number.

Delays expected next week in Belén during meeting of Latin American presidents

Horacio Alvarado, mayor of Belén, asked for drivers to be patient on Wednesday and Thursday as Traffic Police briefly block roads between Juan Santamaría International Airport and the Centro de Eventos Pedregal for five minutes at a time so that presidential motorcades can pass.

Costa Rican transit officials say higher fines in 2015 will help reduce roadway accidents

The highest traffic fine – Class A – will increase from ₡293,000 ($553) to ₡306,000 ($578), the Public Works and Transport Ministry's Traffic Department reported. Class A fines include driving under the influence of alcohol and driving with an expired license.

Traffic Police to launch roadway checkpoints during pre-holiday season

A total of 386 checkpoints throughout the country are part of a Traffic Police effort to prevent accidents before and during the holidays. Traffic Police Director Mario Calderón said that operations would begin this week and target the busiest roads in the Central Valley, where traffic jams usually occur while people are out doing holiday shopping.

No more mandatory email registration for drivers, Constitutional Chamber rules

The Constitutional Chamber of the Supreme Court, or Sala IV, this week ruled unconstitutional several articles of Costa Rica's Traffic Law that obligate motorists to register an email address in order to receive notifications of fines and other information from the Roadway Safety Council.

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