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Clamping Down on Speeders, Impaired Drivers, Hit & Runs, Scofflaws, and The Towing of Vehicles [An Ongoing Saga As Occurring]

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Checking documents does not prevent horrible car wrecks, patrolling the highways for reckless behavior does, with the resources available, in my opinion.

To be clear, the limited transito resources are being used for the wrong activity. 

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54 minutes ago, Pantah said:

Checking documents does not prevent horrible car wrecks, patrolling the highways for reckless behavior does, with the resources available, in my opinion.

To be clear, the limited transito resources are being used for the wrong activity. 

Unlicensed and/or uninsured drivers are reckless by definition and present a risk to others.

Removing these offenders from the highways improves safety for everyone else, imo.

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16 hours ago, TwoSailors said:

They need tougher laws.

The Transit Regulations are OK, imo, it's the penalties for ignoring them which require adjustment.

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Cell phone, drivers, drunks, facing tough new sanctions

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A draft bill, to toughen sentences for deaths caused by drunk driving and cell phone use got first reading in Panama’s  National  Assembly on  Tuesday, October 16.

Impaired driving and inattention (cell phone use) are listed as major contributors to the annual death toll on the country’s highways, already hovering above the 300 mark with hundreds hospitalized.

Lawyer Víctor Martínez said that articles 133 and 134 of the Penal Code will be reformed. Article 133 stipulates a penalty of 3 to 5 years for drunk driving and 3 to 6 years for accidents that cause wrongful death, if the driver is intoxicated,. Now it is requested to increase prison time from  5 to 9 years and at least double it in case of flight or opposing the breath test. Martinez said that the reform also includes that when an accident causes injuries or wrongful death while the driver is using a cell phone, the driver will have the same punishment as if under the influence of alcohol.

If a driver is arrested while under the influence of alcohol he will also be sanctioned, and a prison sentence must be served even if a pecuniary agreement is reached, “since the issue of paying does not exempt from criminal responsibility,” said the lawyer.
 

https://www.newsroompanama.com/news/panama/cell-phone-drivers-drunks-facing-tough-sanctions

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The driver of this pickup truck was fined yesterday in Los Naranjos for unsafely hauling passengers in the box without seat belts.

 

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On 2/19/2019 at 8:33 AM, Keith Woolford said:

The driver of this pickup truck was fined yesterday in Los Naranjos for unsafely hauling passengers in the box without seat belts.

 

 

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7 drunks towed in two-hour check

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Posted 17/03/2019
 
In less than two hours during a police spot check in the  Brisas del Golf sector in the early hours of Sunday, March 17, seven drivers were booked for impaired driving and watched their cars being towed away and their driving licenses impounded.
 
The National Transit Operations Directorate (DNOT)  also checked taxi drivers to confirm they had an operations certificate.
 

https://www.newsroompanama.com/news/7-drunks-towed-in-two-hour-check

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