Speeding fines out of line, outrageous and unfair

I feel strongly that the fines for speeding in Costa Rica are outrageous. I just googled “average cost of a speeding ticket in the United States” and found an average range from $250 to $350 for 20 to 30 miles above the speed limit. These are the fines in a country that has superior roads and well-lit, well-divided and well-paved highways, modern infrastructure, mandatory driver education courses, defensive driving courses, and an average monthly pretax income for the Hispanic population of $3,822. Do the math!

Anyone can see how completely insane and unfair by comparison the fines are in Costa Rica! I don’t know of any expat who can afford a $600 speeding ticket, so how could a Tico? I am a permanent resident, have no plan of breaking any traffic rules but still feel that the local population should make this injustice known through protest.

As a “guest” in the country, I don’t feel I have the right to do anything more than voice my opinion in your English online editorial section. I would love to see a countrywide protest in the near future. I would love to know how these legislators justify their reasoning.

Thanks for the forum for my vent!

Deb Klipper

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