Hotels and traffic police gearing up for mid-year vacation

Ministerio de Obras Públicas y Transportes photo
Just as last year, there will be checkpoints on major roads.

Friday begins the mid-year vacation for school children and many of their parents.

Hotels are predicting about 62 percent occupancy in key vacation spots.

Meanwhile, the Policía de Tránsito is mounting another operation similar to Semana Santa or the Christmas holidays.

Those youngsters who do not go away have a number of possibilities for workshops and other diversions.

The Cámara Costarricense de Hoteles polled its membership to come up with the 62 percent figure. Beach hotels estimated that their occupancy would be about 67 percent, the hotel chamber said Monday. Hotels in the mountains estimated 43 percent, the chamber said.

The actual figure for 2012 was 66 percent overall, so the hotel chamber said that the preliminary estimated is a decrease in occupancy of about 4 percent.

The traffic police are looking at another number.

There were 36 fewer road deaths in the first five months of the year, and they would like to keep this downward trend.

They will be zeroing in on excessive speed with 28 radar laser devices that capture the image of the vehicle and also show the speed. Of course they will concentrate on the route to tourist locations until July 15.

Traffic police will begin their seasonal effort Friday. they also will be looking for pedestrians behaving badly and drunk drivers, they said. The police also are calling on the heads of families to keep track of the children and to keep them safe while riding bikes, playing ball or participating in other games that might bring them into the streets.

In addition to the radar lasers, police will have 115 conventional devices tracking speed. There will be 650 patrol cars on the highways and 166 officers of motorcycles. For those with vehicle problems or serious offenders there are 255 tow trucks. There also will be checkpoints on the highways and in the cities.

The Ministerio de Cultura y Juventud said that most of the area museums will be hosting programs for children. Some are free and some require a small admission.

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