Dear A.M. Costa Rica:
Concerning your reader’s report from Thursday: Crossing a double yellow line in Costa Rica is indeed among the most serious of infractions as well as quite dangerous. This is a Class A infraction resulting in a fine of ₡306,000 (~$570). This can be found in the traffic laws, Article 143 (Ley de Transito, Articulo 143).
I understand that admitting to paying a bribe may also result in a significant fine. And, according to the story, the bribe paid was $300, not $650. It is unclear from the article whether the additional $50 requested was paid.
Drive safe and bring ’em home alive.