Costa Rica News – We all know that the 2013 Palmares Fiestas will consist of a lot of drinking and partying. Well this is no surprise pretty much every Costa Rican event is filled with alcohol.
If you do not want to get into trouble, do not drive while drinking on the way to or from Palmares because the traffic police will be on the lookout for any driver who violates the alcohol limits. If you carry an extra $200 dollars though you should be able to bribe the officer to let you go.
Germán Marín, director of the Highway Police, confirmed that there will be 150 extra officers on the access roads to the canton of Alajuela, epicenter of celebrations from today until January 21st.
The controls will be the strongest Thursday (the day of the tope), on the two weekends of concerts and Friday the 18th (the day of the carnival).
Traffic checkpoints will take place on different routes and drivers will take a breath alcohol test, “at the slightest doubt” that they have ingested liquor, Marin said.
Remember that with the new traffic law, permitted alcohol limits vary if the driver is a rookie driver, a professional driver or an average driver. This makes absolutely no sense at all.
Novices (with fewer than three years of driving) and professionals (who run bus, taxi or load) to record levels of 0.10 milligrams (mg) and 25 mg of alcohol intake air (Breathalyzer) are fined ¢ 280,000 about $560 or more and have their vehicle taken by the officer.
The financial penalty will be equal to an average driver, will accumulate between 0.28 mg and 0.38 mg of liquor per air intake.
When novices and professionals exceed 0.25 mg and 0.38 mg they are exposed to prison terms of one to three years for reckless endangerment.
In addition, the car will be retained until the court resolves the case, German Marin explained.
“Drivers who are caught driving while intoxicated will be forwarded to prosecutors in Grecia or San Ramon, to face criminal responsibility for driving in that condition,” says a report by the Ministry of Public Works and Transport (MPWT).
If drivers alcohosensor doubt the result may request a blood test.
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