Nighttime traffic sweeps uncover 96 separate violations

Traffic police were out in force Friday and Saturday between 8 p.m. and 2 a.m. They found 96 violations, including five motorists suspected of being under the influence of alcohol.

Checkpoints were set up in Pavas, Desamparados, Escazú and Hatillo in the metro area and in Naranjo, Esparza, Liberia, Pérez Zeledón and Guápiles.

One of the goals was to prevent drag races in the Pavas area.

Officers of the Policía de Tránsito said they found 20 drivers who did not have licenses, 10 who had expired licenses and four who were not carrying a license.

Luis Diego Herrera, the director general of Tránsito, said the checkpoints would continue,mainly on weekends after paydays and where drag races are reported.

Traffic officers are awaiting approval of a revised traffic law by the legislature. A vote may come this week.

The Policía de Tránsito also participated with other law enforcement agencies Friday night and Saturday in Upala Centro. The sweep was directed at problem areas. Also involved were the Policía de Fronteras, the immigration police, the Judicial Investigating Organization, agents of the Dirección de Inteligencia y Seguridad as well as environmental agents. They arrested 15 persons for various crimes and warrants.

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