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Rosarito Police Begin Using Mail-In Bilingual Traffic Tickets

Rosarito Police Officers Begin Using

Mail-In Bilingual Traffic Tickets

ROSARITO BEACH , BAJA CALIFORNIA , MEXICO ---All Rosarito police officers this week started issuing bilingual tickets for traffic infractions, which will allow out-of-area visitors as well as others the option of paying fines by mail.

The tickets will be issued by both the city’s tourist police and regular police to any motorist who commits an infraction within city jurisdiction. They list amounts owed for each offense and the fines can be paid by mail.

Motorists still have the option of appealing a ticket.

The procedure does not apply to other parts of Baja or other departments, such as federal or state police, who might make a traffic stop on highways under their jurisdiction within Rosarito.

Police agencies implement procedures on an individual basis, including the bilingual ticket.

“This will make it both less confusing and easier to pay traffic fines, especially for our out-of-area visitors,” said Mayor Hugo Torres. “Before it was necessary to follow an officer to a station to pay the fine. Now in most cases they can simply be mailed in.”

He continued: “A traffic fine can never be paid directly to an officer, and we ask that people report to us the name and badge number of any officer that requests that they do so, or any that does not offer them the option of receiving a bilingual ticket.”

Implementing the bilingual ticket is the latest of many actions taken by Rosarito to make it more convenient for people visiting the popular tourist city.

“This year alone we have started a special tourist police force, office for visitor assistance and gotten about 400 volunteers for a citizens’ watch program in our tourist areas,” said Laura Wong, president of the Rosarito Convention & Visitors Bureau.

“Partly because of this, a busy Spring Break, Memorial Day, July Fourth and the Rosarito-Ensenada bike ride went smoothly and without any serious incident involving any of our many visitors,” she said.

Rosarito, a seaside tourist destination about 20 miles south of the border, hosts about a million visitors a year.

Posted: Friday, December 26, 2008 11:36 AM by Herb Kinsey

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