As holiday weekends go, this one was pretty quiet

The holiday weekend is shaping up to be an unusually quiet one.

Weekends usually see three or four major accidents and fatalities. This weekend only two deaths were reported by late Monday. One was that of a pedestrian struck by a vehicle in Huacas, Santa Cruz, in northwestern Costa Rica. He was identified by the last name of Vallerjos. The Judicial Investigating Organization said he was 62. The mishap took place Sunday night.

A three-vehicle crash took the life of another man in Los Chiles Monday. Judicial police are investigating this mishap, too.

Traffic was reported moving well Monday night as the vacationers returned to their homes. The three-day weekend was due to the celebration of the Día de las Culturas Monday.

The weekend was marked by unstable air over the country. Warm temperatures mixed with humid air to generate intense downpours mostly in the afternoons and evenings. Accumulations of from one to three inches resulted, according
to the Instituto Meteorológico Nacional. The institute issued storm warnings every day of the weekend.

Similar conditions are predicted for today with the heaviest rainfalls expected in the Central Valley and the Pacific coast, said the institute.

In Limón, the carnival continued under heavy police protection.

The Fuerza Pública reported that 24 persons were apprehended for various offenses, including carrying a concealed weapon illegally, drug possession and starting fights.

Officers confiscated 10 firearms, said the security ministry. A knife also was confiscated, they said. All that took place in the vicinity of the carnival celebrations.

Police officers also said that in one of the 10 fights they had to breakup someone threw glass beer bottles. Officers said they have been urging bar operators to sell their beverages only in disposable cups to avoid this kind of breakage.

The Fuerza Pública said that many of those detained would go to the flagrancia courts for rapid prosecution.

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