Traffic police keeping eye on buses for Semana Santa

Traffic police will be in civilian clothes during Semana Santa, which starts in a week, in order to keep close eyes on bus drivers.

The Ministerio de Obras Públicas y Transportes said that these undercover officers will ticket the bus driver, usually at the final stop, if he has committed any violations during the trip. The violations can include talking on the cell telephone while driving, being rude to passengers or for carrying too many passengers.

The ministry said that police awarded 48 tickets to bus drivers for violations last year during the Easter vacation.

Officers also will be checking buses at depots for correct paperwork, the ministry said.

Bus companies add extra vehicles to accommodate the Semana Santa rush as many Costa Ricans head for the beaches and mountains. There also is heavy traffic to both Nicaragua and Panamá by persons with families there.

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