Highway safety council plans major motorcycle campaign

In the first four months of the year 30 motorcyclists have died on the nation’s roads. That number is 27 percent of the total who died. And April is not yet over.

So the Consejo de Seguridad Vial is embarking on an enforcement and educational campaign. The Instituto Nacional de Seguros also will develop a companion campaign. In addition to the 30 bikers who died at the scene, there were 1,281 injuries.

The campaign will emphasize the need for those on a motorcycle to wear a helmet and also to wear reflective vests after dark. The campaign had the support of the Asociación Importadora de Motocicletas, the Comité Cívico de Motociclistas and the Automóvil Club de Costa Rica.

The Policía de Tránsito will provide the enforcement aspect.

The campaign will cost about 70 million colons or about $140,000. Some written material is planned as well as a magazine just for motorcycle operators.

The Consejo noted that the purchase of motorcycles is increasing.

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