Minister admits his traffic failings

The minister who supervises the traffic police and other road agencies characterized as sensationalism the disclosure that he accumulated 13 traffic tickets since 1996.

The minister, Carlos Segnini Villalobos, said that all the information was open to the public anyway. He said there were other topics more important and more urgent for the country instead of his driving record.

Segnini is minister of Obras Públicas y Transportes. He said he was not going to justify the traffic violations. He has paid and learned from them, he said.

The ministry released a list including the date, the violation and the fine paid.

The most recent was Feb. 16 when the infraction was not respecting a traffic sign. That cost the minister 50,274 colons, about $93. In fact, seven of the 13 violations were of this type, extending back from Aug. 27, 1998. Another was for parking incorrectly.

But Oct. 12, 2007, the violation was alcohol.

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