Despite Sala IV, road agency still will collect seat belt fines

The Consejo de Seguridad Vial said Friday that it would continue to collect 308,100-colon fines for not wearing a seat belt that were issued before the Sala IV constitutional court found the amounts excessive.

The traffic agency noted that the high court decision is not retroactive. The old fine was about $615. The agency now has lowered the amount to 16,000 colons or about $32 in the face of the high court decision.

The court acted in May but the written decision has just become available.
In addition, the road agency said it would not return the money of those who already paid the fine. Any outstanding fines will draw interest at 3 percent a month, it added.

Many motorists who were ticketed for not wearing a seatbelt waited for the Sala IV decision before paying their fine.

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