Requirement for air bags modified in committee

Costa Ricans and residents will not have to retrofit their cars with air bags, according to a decision Monday by a legislative commission that is studying the new traffic law.

The committee decided to dump a provision that would have required that. Instead, the only vehicles required to have operating air bags will be those that have them installed at the factory.

However, committee members were giving no slack to drunk drivers. Several spoke on zero tolerance for drunks. Some have said the existing fines and possible jail terms for drunk driving are too harsh. But Carlos Góngora Fuentes, a Movimiento Libertario lawmaker, said that the legislature needs to send a signal to motorists that they cannot drink and drive.

The commission still has a long list of proposed changes to consider relating to the new traffic law that went into effect March 1, 2010.

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