Traffic officer and test monitor held in driving license bribery

Judicial agents have detained a traffic officer and a driving test monitor on allegations that they accepted money to help would-be motorists pass the written test. Both were detained Monday afternoon in Paso Ancho.

The Judicial Investigating Oganization has a special unit for traffic offenses like these. The agency said that the traffic officer would solicit money from persons who worried about their ability to pass the written test. The officer is accused of then conspiring with the monitor of the written test to provide help to the license candidate during the examination.

Both men are in their 50s.

The judicial agency said the going rate for a passing grade was between 100,000 and 150,000 colons, about $200 to $300.

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