The next two weeks may be called midyear vacation, but traffic police are not taking any time off and are issuing tickets for those who enter the metro area with the incorrect final digit on their vehicle’ license plate.
The Policía de Tránsito announced Friday that the restrictions based on plate number will continue to be enforced. The police decided this even though no public school classes are held during the two weeks and such vacations usually warrant lifting the restrictions.
The fine is 21,000 colons, about $38.
The director of the Policía de Tránsito, Mario Calderón, said that despite school closings, a significant number of small buses travel within the metro area carrying teachers and students who might be headed to vacation spots. He also said that five out of the 10 fatalities last year happened in the metro area. In addition, he said that a large number of persons will be celebrating World Cup events. He cited a study by the Cámera Nacional de Turismo that said vacation occupancies are expected to be lower due to the World cup.
However, the police director did not tie this fact into why they have an impact on metro traffic. The next Costa Rican World Cup game is Saturday, for example.
Calderón said that 726 traffic officers will be on duty throughout the country.
The license plate restrictions are in force Monday through Friday from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. Mondays vehicles with the last digit of the plate ending in 1 or 2 are prohibited from traveling the area generally outlined by the Circunvalación. Tuesday the prohibited numbers are 3 and 4, and so on.