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Test Measures to Ease Traffic

Measures to ease traffic in Panama City will go into effect on December 5, a spokesperson for the Presidency said. Government agency employees will work from 7:30 am to 3:30 am to ease road sharing with the private sector. And, during the 5 pm to 7 pm peak hours, transit officials will open three lanes across the Bridge of…

Truck Falls into Street

Part of the street gave way in the Panama City neighborhood of El Cangrejo, leaving a garbage truck trapped in the hole for six hours. The incident occurred in front of the Siete Mares restaurant during a night shift, with one driver and two assistants aboard. Four people were reported injured, and a water pipe broke…

Panama Crime Series, Part 101

Panama’s most wanted caught on Cinta Costera – Authorities apprehended Rafael Eusebio Sáenz, also known as Ito, after a police chase on the Cinta Costera III when his truck crashed into a police barricade. Ito, who had a $10,000 bounty on his head as one of Panama’s most wanted, has escaped from jail three times and is wanted in connection with…

Panama Murder Rate Down

Although gory murder photos continue to splash the front pages of local tabloids, official figures suggest a reduction in Panama’s homicide rate compared to last year. According to the Ministry of Security, murders have dropped by 21.4% during comparable January to September periods – from 468 in 2014 to 368 in 2015. The most serious drop was registered in…

Authority Raising Driving Fines

The Transit and Transportation Authority will be raising fines for bad driving. The penalty for talking on a cell phone at the wheel will increase from $75 to $300, and drivers who sneak the shoulder of the road will be fined $200 instead of $50. Tickets for running a red light will double from $100 to $ 200 and speeding tickets will be $150 instead of $50.…