Written by Alejandra Esquivel
Paying For Traffic Tickets By Mail in Rosarito, Baja California
Since Mayor Hugo Torres took office his efforts to boost tourism in Rosarito have been non stop, with one of his administration’s objectives to make the tourist feel safe. Apart from the organization of the bilingual Tourist Police, dedicated to patrolling the central areas most visited by tourists to provide service both in English and Spanish; and a Citizen Counsel for Tourist Attention (CCAT in Spanish) which acts like a neighborhood watch program with around 400 trained citizens (some business owners) dedicated to reporting any anomaly where a tourist may be involved in, both starting operations in March 2008; now we have the implementation of what Rosarito Convention & Visitors Bureau has been asking since 2007, the bilingual traffic citation. This means that starting this year you, the American tourist, no longer will be required to follow the officer to the station to pay your fine; you can simply request a bilingual ticket which will have a list of infractions and their amounts along with easy to follow instructions for paying through the mail. This can be done back at your place of residence in the U.S.
These tickets however are not issued by federal or state police, only within the Rosarito city jurisdiction by the city’s tourist and regular police.
With the ongoing crackdown on corruption, if you are stopped by an officer, remember that the officer cannot request or receive any money as payment for the infraction, request and insist that he/she gives you a ticket; if you disagree you can dispute it, if you agree you can now mail your payment. If the officer is reluctant in giving you the ticket, does not offer the option of the bilingual ticket or implies or directly request for payment, the administrations asks that you report the name and badge number of the officer. In order to dispute a ticket you must go before the judge immediately, for assistance in this matter you can contact the Tourist Assistance Hotline by dialing 078.
The cities of Tijuana, Ensenada and Mexicali also give you the option of paying transit fines by mail with either a check or money order, here are the U.S. addresses to where you should send payment. For the city of Tecate, however, payment must be made in the police station.
For tickets received in Tijuana, send check or money order to:
H. Ayuntamiento de Tijuana
416 West San Ysidro Blvd. Suite “L”, No. 725
San Ysidro, CA 92143
For tickets received in Rosarito, send check or money order to:
H. Ayuntamiento de Rosarito
P.O. Box 439060
San Diego, CA 92143-9060
For tickets received in Ensenada, send check or money order to:
Municipio de Ensenada
PMB 147 P.O. Box 189003
Coronado, CA, 92178-9003
For tickets received in Mexicali, send check or money order to:
H. Ayuntamiento de Mexicali
P.O. Box 6027-23 Paulin Ave.
Calexico, CA 92231-2646