Agencies to stress road safety this week

Anyone who follows the local television news knows that some days the stories are just one body after another. The highway can be unforgiving, particularly for those on motorcycles.

The Consejo Nacional de Vialidad, the highway agency, plans to distribute 1,000 helmets in conjunction with the association of motorcycle importers for the benefit of owners who would like to trade their old helmet for a new one.

This is about a $47,000 donation by the 15 firms that import motorcycles said the Consejo, which is accepting applications on its Facebook page.

This also happens to be the week of road safety, called Semana de la Seguridad Vial in Spanish. Various other governmental agencies, including the traffic police, are calling attention to road dangers.

The Instituto Nacional de Seguros, which provides basic insurance for all motorists as part of their annual registration, began the week with a program Monday at the Hospital Nacional de Niños. There are other programs planned all week.

The state insurance company said that it listed 24,164 accidents with 426 deaths and 27,924 injuries in 2015. The company paid out 31 billion colons or about $58 million.

The insurance firm plans to have employees visit the Escuela Bernardo Soto en Alajuela today and conduct safe driving exhibitions in the Parque Central of Ciudad Quesada Wednesday.

There are similar exhibitions planned for Thursday in la Fortuna and Pital de San Carlos and Friday at the Parque Central in Pérez Zeledón.

A wrap up exhibition is Saturday at Parque la Sabana from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. to stress motorcycle safety.

The state company plans to stress with youngsters that they should remind parents not to use the cell telephone while driving.

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