New Traffic Reforms Could Create a Zero Tolerance Alcohol Driving Allowance in Costa Rica

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    The Costa Rica News (TCRN) – Congressman Fabricio Alvarado is seeking to revive a proposal of his predecessor Carlos Avendaño to amend six articles of the traffic laws to eliminate the categories of fines and endorse only a total of .02 percent alcohol in the blood for people who are operating an automobile.

    Currently, the law allows a blood alcohol level of .05 percent, which is approximately equivalent to two beers. But with the new reform, consumption would be prohibited entirely.

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    Alvarado said that they need to not only start negotiations with new members of government, but also with the producers and sellers of alcohol, so that reform can progress smoothly.

    “We legislate for the people and not for business. We do not come here to forbid people to enjoy themselves, but if you drink, do not drive. This should not influence the companies; they are responsible for encouraging people not to drink and drive,” Alvarado said.

    However, in control subjects, the Road Safety Council (COSEVI) is almost paralyzed by the lack of tools. For every 17,000 vehicles there is a single breathalyzer.

    The Costa Rica News (TCRN)

    San Jose, Costa Rica

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