In the next few months the traffic police could look a little different – officials of the Municipality aka parking fine officials, could also have the power of a full on traffic cop.
With the new traffic law, this measure will become a reality.
Article 261 of this Act includes the creation of Municipal Traffic Police in the districts that do not have this group of officers.
Municipal Traffic Officers will do almost the same tasks of actual traffic police.
Many of the mayors look favorably on this measure and ensure that the situation of implementing them through the issue of money.
To support them, the Act provides that 60% of each fine will go to municipalities, 20% to COSEVI and the remainder from other parts of the MOPT.
Currently only in the metropolitan areas of San José, Escazú, and Belén have this kind of police.