Mystery of Slow
Drivers On San José - Caldera Highway Solved
Driving at 40 km/h per hour on a 80 km/h on
the new San José - Caldera highway has been
the topic of discussion around the watering
holes, the blogs and this media.
It is inconceivable to see some any slow
drivers on a new and modern highway, a
highway that is conducive to driving faster
than the posted speed limits.
At first I thought it had to be because of
the beautiful scenic views offered at
various points along the highway.
For the first time, Costa Ricans were able
to see a part of their country that had been
hidden from them, due to lack of access,
thus, driving slowly allows one to take in
the beauty of nature.
Another reason for the slow driving, maybe,
could be "let's not destroy the paving of
this beautiful road" by driving too fast. It
stands to reason that driving fast on a
newly paved road will wear it out faster.
Hey, it makes sense, don't knock it.
Ok, maybe not.
So, what could be the reason for all the
Ah, alas the mystery was solved. It is a new
traffic sign that has never been seen in
Costa Rica before, a sign that says "Velocidad
Minima" (Minimum Speed).
Yup, Costa Ricans just aren't used to be
told how slow they can go. After all that
would be a breach of a right of all Costa
Ricans to be denied the right to go as slow
as they want, on any highway, and to block
traffic as they like.
No, this sign tells them that they have to
be moving faster and then, another sign,
tells slow traffic to move to the right.
What is this country coming to?
The "minimum speed" sign is new in Costa
Rica, making its first appearance on the new
I would suggest that if the MOPT - the
transportation experts in Costa Rica -
really want to reduce the congestion, mainly
caused by the slow speeders, remove the
minimum speed signs and put on more the sing
"multa for velocidad temeraria" signs on the
General Cañas ( San José - Alajuela) highway
watch the Yatzu's do their thing.
Tomorrow, some inside tips on driving the