The Arenal Area Magazine

Zero Tolerance To Alcohol For Professional And New Drivers


Professional drivers (those drivers who earn a living driving others) and new drivers will less than two years experience will cannot take not one drink before getting behind the wheel, is one of the ideas being discussed by legislators in the reforms to the Ley de Tránsito.

The zero tolerance provision is being proposed by Francisco Chacón, del Partido Liberación Nacional (PLN). Chacón and the PLN are also firm that the alcohol limit is 0.5 and not the current 0.75.

The discussions are following up on reforms left over by the previous legislature which could not make the changes to the traffic act before their May 1 mandate was up.

The main focus of that proposal was to reduce the amount of the traffic fines and the point system.

However, the currently legislative body is looking at making additional changes that could see the zero tolerance provision, as well as high fines for certain offences, mainly involving alcohol and reckless driving.

“Those who drive for a living should not take not even one drink during working hours. Also those drivers with less than 2 years driving experience and those under the age of 25 should have stricter measures than the rest of the drivers”, said Chacón.

The new Ley de Tránsito was passed into law in December 2008. However, other than the drinking and driving provisions, the bulk of the law went into effect on March 1, 2010 with the legislature immediately announcing reforms.

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