As vacation ends, vehicle restrictions are resumed downtown

Public school youngsters are to be back at classes today after the end of the two-week midyear vacation. That means more traffic on the streets and highways, and the resumption of downtown vehicle restrictions.

Today vehicles with license plate numbers ending in 1 or 2 are prohibited from traveling in the area generally north and west of the Circunvalación between San Pedro and La Uruca. Traffic police are enforcing this regulation aggressively, and sometimes a traffic officer can be found on every corner on Avenida 2 in the downtown.

One unlucky motorist received a ticket Friday, July 1, just
15 minutes before the restriction expired for two weeks due to vacations. He was caught at Avenida Central and Calle 11. The restrictions are in effect from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. The fine is 41,098 colons or about $82.

Suspending the restrictions was based on the fact that many parents also have time off and use the period for vacations out of town. Many returned Sunday. A number of government offices were working on skeleton staffs over the vacation, if at all.

The next holiday is a week from today. It is the Anexión del Partido de Nicoya, marking the day in 1825 when leading citizens of Guanacaste voted to align their land with Costa Rica and not Nicaragua.

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