The Road Police says that the lack of reflective vest in motorcyclists and the absence of the first aid kit in cars are the main infractions.
“I left in a hurry for work and did not bring it,” the motorcycle driver, who was not wearing a reflective vest, was justified while the traffic inspector took out his notebook to record the infraction in writing, behind him most motorcyclists. They did not even have one on Route 8; few used reflective bands and others, eight years after it became mandatory, still not incorporate the use of a helmet.
In total, since the beginning of the inspection operation of the new traffic law, on Saturday, March 28, until yesterday afternoon, the police officers had applied about 130 fines to drivers throughout the country. Although there is not data by type of infraction, from Coalminer informed Observatory that the preliminary figures indicate that the circular without a vest was the violation of the most registered norm.
The use of this security element is stipulated in article 7 of Law 19.061, which indicates that it is mandatory for those who travel by motorcycle or similar “permanent use during its circulation in all public roads” of vest, jacket, or reflective strips. If not used, the fine amounts to about $ 403 (0.5 resettable units) per person.
“If you do not come with anything reflective, you are a shadow,” because the vest “comes to reinforce visibility,” the Public Relations Officer of Road Police, Daniel Segovia, explained to El Observatory, regarding the need to use it, especially at night. On the other hand, the spokesperson of Coalminer said that although it is even in the whole country, the infraction becomes more noticeable near populated places. “There is a big difference between the motorcyclists who is going to do the long distance from the one who is going to make the cut. The problem is the one that left the neighborhood to the service station. “In that kilometer someone does not see me or something crosses my path and most likely does not tell it,” he warned.
Although most of the drivers expressed knowledge of the new norm, not all were clear about its scope. Although the inspectors in safety vest pointed out to each of the offenders the corresponding article and the text of the rule that be applied, they were inflexible when setting the fines.