Traffic police will be surrounding Palmares festival with checkpoints

The next big bash is in Palmares where the festival features a tope, a horse parade, Thursday and a carnival Jan. 21.  There are concerts both this Sunday and Jan. 25

So more than 100 officers of the Policía de Tránsito are setting up a series of checkpoints to make sure motorists do not spend too much time in the festival beer tents.

For those who love the beer tents, there are plenty of private

Motorists going to Palmares will face this checkpoint again this year starting Wednesday

Motorists going to Palmares will face this checkpoint again this year starting Wednesday

companies that are offering bus service to the community. Riding drunk is not a crime, but driving is.

Checkpoints begin Wednesday, and police will be in a number of key spots on major routes to the festival community.

The checkpoints will be operating 24 hours a day. Although drunk driving is a priority, officers also will be checking for marchamo stickers showing that the motorist has paid the road tax this year and also stickers showing that the vehicle has been inspected, as required by law.

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