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China: Harsher Punishments for Driving After Drinking

(May 10, 2011) The Law of the People's Republic of China on Road Traffic Safety (hereinafter Traffic Safety Law) was amended on April 22, 2011, providing harsher punishments for driving after drinking alcohol. The revised Law took effect on May 1, 2011. (Traffic Safety Law [in Chinese], The National People's Congress (NPC) of the People's […]

Canada: Toughest Drunk Driving Laws in Nation Go into Effect in British Columbia

(Sept. 22, 2010) On September 20, 2010, new statutory provisions came into force in the province of British Columbia that provide for the imposition of the stiffest penalties for driving while impaired in Canada. (The Motor Vehicle Act, R.S.B.C., ch. 318 (1996), available at, as amended by the Motor Vehicle Amendment Act, 2010, Bill […]

Russia: Stricter Punishment for Drunk Driving

(Nov. 24, 2008) On November 14, 2008, the State Duma (legislature) of Russia adopted amendments to the nation's Criminal Code that prescribe heavier punishments for driving while intoxicated or under the influence of narcotic or alcoholic substances. Article 264 sets forth penalties for violations of the Rules on Road Traffic and Operation of Means of […]