TODAY NICARAGUA – Despite the fact that the country is heading into its third year of recession, which has generated a shrinking of the economy, between January and September of this year the Daniel Ortega regime obtained 175.43 million córdobas (US$5 million dollars) from the collection of fines for traffic violations, 6.7% percent more than in the same period last year, reveals the Budget Execution report for the third quarter 2020.
Only between July and September, the Orteguista Police (PO) collected 59.22 million córdobas on public roads and highways, slightly higher than the 57.08 million received in the same period last year, according to the report available on the website of the Ministry of Finance and Public Credit.
The collection for traffic fines this year was close to what was captured until September 2017, when the PO extracted 198.27 million córdobas in fines, which reveals the collection thirst of the repressive body of the regime, sanctioned by the United States for violating human rights and being the executor of the violent repression in 2018, which has cost the lives of more than 328 Nicaraguans.
In fact, despite the impact of the health crisis due to the coronavirus pandemic, between April and June, which drastically reduced the mobilization of people to commercial centers and work, the Treasury’s figures reflect that in that period the PO was able to collect 55.67 million córdobas per traffic violation, higher to 53.2 million in the same period 2019.
Economist Luis Murillo points out that the Police policy is not educational but collection, so that each year it seeks to increase revenue from infractions.
“They set a goal and begin to look for how to achieve it, they are located in strategic places where they know that people can commit an infraction or they even tell you that you did commit an infraction even if it was not like that and then the citizen can appeal,” Murillo said.
The economist points out that the Police increasingly respond to the interests of the regime and not to the security of the population, who do not see the police body as an authority of trust, but of repression.
“They have seen that as a way to get money is that, traffic fines, that is why we see that each year the goal does not fall below 200 million and it does not matter that we are in crisis,” said Murillo.
In the General Budget of the Republic 2020, within the sanctions and pecuniary fines, the fines for traffic violations are those that generate the highest income.
Last year, for example, of the 316.41 million córdobas that was a goal in the collection of fines of all kinds, 75% originated in the transit sector.
Source: La Prensa