Ban on male passengers extended six months
Government officials of the Aburrá Valley made the unanimous decision to extend the ban on male motorcycle passengers for another six months as well as increase the restriction by two hours. It will now be in effect daily between 8:00 a.m. and midnight.
Nine out of ten municipalities in the Aburrá Valley saw a reduction in crimes perpetrated by suspects on motorcycles; in eight, homicides also went down. The measure would have expired on January 30th and was in effect since November 30th of 2011.
The Commander of the Metropolitan Police, General Hose Angel Mendoza, was happy with the decision and is confident it will favor the perception of security in the city.
Meanwhile the Mayor of Copacabana, Hector Monsalve, said he is working on expanding the transportation system in the rural area, where moto-taxi services have been highly affected by the ban.