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Sunday, September 2, 2012


Speed Cameras BACK UP on 5 major highways
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September 1, 2012

Speeding in Costa Rica rather than look like a dangerous sport.
The drivers got used to speeding in their cars no matter what the road signs indicate.
So much so that in 2011 road cameras fined
17,000 in a little over a month the offenses.This year cameras caught only 2000 drivers.
But after the approval by the
Sala IV el Cosevi the cameras WILL be RE-ACTIVATED!!
Now complete roads will be controlled with
cameras from start to finish.
The 5 roads are:

Braulio Carrillo highway between San José and Limón.
On average about 12 cameras will be installed at the points of greatest danger.The specific location of each camera is about to approve the Board of Cosevi.Zurquí near the tunnel, the stretch of San Miguel, the sector and the Radial Siquirres Guápiles have their own cameras fining drivers who exceed the speed.
Another route you will be strengthened with new cameras is the General Cañas highway.
There are other points installed speed control.
Another point in which Racsa install new cameras will be in
circunvalación/bypass that handles Hatillos sector, San Pedro, Guadalupe and Rhomoser as possible steps speed control.The aim is to completely eradicate the itch.
But the cameras will not only in the metropolitan area.
The road of death/
Ruta de la Muerte in Perez Zeledon between the catholic church and the Hotel del Sur will also be monitored with these electronic eyes.
This area aims to reduce the large number of violations and that while the videos serve as evidence in case of negligent injury.
A study by the research unit and Cosevi statistics also showed the need for cameras in Sarapiqui, the route travels from the Virgin to the Route 32 bypass.
The 48 cameras will be installed by Racsa missing as part of the contract which was temporarily suspended in 2011.

The cameras fined excess of 20km/12mph to the speed limit with amounts ranging from 20,000-88,000-colones ($40-$176).
If drivers go over 120 kilometers (that's ONLY 75 mph!! and considered reckless speeding/driving in Costa Rica), they get to pay a fine of $270,000/$540ish.
And if they exceed 150 kilometers/93mph - that's an offense punishable by IMPRISONMENT.

Fines will apply to the driver and not the registered owner of the vehicle.

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WARNING!!  At least before (and I'm pretty positive now) - there are some areas where the speed SUDDENLY is REDUCED and there is ONLY ONE sign and often not real visible - PLUS - it's NOT in a logical area where one might think they need to slow down.  MANY MANY MANY people I know have been caught in such areas and got hit with BIG EXPENSIVE TICKETS!!  To ME - the BIGGEST DISGRACE of this is this may make the Transito Policia job one of the MOST popular and lucrative jobs based on what MANY MANY MANY people have shared with me based on how OFTEN they've been ASKED to give a "gift" to make the ticket go away!!  I'm NORMALLY quite ANTI-"bribes" - but - in this case - considering how MANY of these tickets are more expensive than in MOST of the U.S. states (example -
http://vlane.com/how-much-does-speeding-ticket-cost-state-by-state-analysis )

PLEASE help spread the word

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