Downtown traffic restrictions suspended for school vacation

Traffic officials are listing the license plate restrictions for San Jose’s downtown for two weeks starting Monday.

The public school midyear vacation starts at the end of class today, and transport officials said that there will be less traffic downtown because students and teachers will not be traveling. In addition, many parents use the two weeks of school vacation as a time to get away with the entire family, they said.

The restrictions will resume at 6 a.m. Monday, July 18.

The prohibitions are based on the last digit of the license place. For example, vehicles with a last digit of 1 or 2 may not enter the downtown area on Mondays. Today the prohibited digits are 9 and 0.

The prohibited areas is large, ranging from the Circunvalación on the south and east to La Uruca n the west
and Calle Blanco on the north. The fine for getting caught
is 41,098 colons or about $82. The prohibited period is from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Traffic officials have another reason. They will be using many of the officers that enforce the law downtown elsewhere to handle vacation traffic.

The downtown traffic prohibition probably is the best enforced law in the land. Officers of the Policía de Tránsito have been stationed on every corner of the main downtown streets. The also make surprise sweeps of lesser-used roads to catch those trying to sneak into the city.

Because San Pedro is not under the restriction, neighbors who live in the east end of the restricted area sometimes try to sneak out to there.

Traffic police are aware of this temptation, and periodically arrive in force in the vicinity of Mall San Pedro to catch transgressors just few hundred yards from the limits.

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