The roads all over Costa Rica are painted with these yellow haloed hearts. Sadly they represent pedestrian road fatalities, and are depressingly common in villages. Whenever someone is run over by a car, the local government paints a heart where it happened.
The campaign was started in 2005 to raise awareness of pedestrian fatalities. In a country where so many people walk, pedestrians account for over 50% of road deaths.
In Costa Rica, the pedestrian doesn’t have the right of way. Also, sidewalks and street lighting are rare.
Driving around the country for a week last March, we saw dozens of these heartbreaking road paintings—they’re a somber reminder to be careful.
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