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(May 02, 2008) In Brazil, a driver who receives a certain number of negative points on his driver's license due to traffic violations may temporarily lose his license and be obligated to attend a driver's course in order to be able to retrieve the license drive again. In the near future, this may not be the case in the State of Rio de Janeiro, because the Legislative Assembly is discussing a proposed law which, besides stipulating the above-mentioned punitive measures, would also force drivers who have had too many traffic violations to attend a one-week internship at the coroner's office or at fire stations.

The author of the proposed law, State Deputy Jorge Babu, stated that the idea behind it is not to constrain bad drivers further, but to make them aware of the dangers to which they expose other people by being imprudent or negligent while driving. During one week, for two hours a day, the bad drivers will have to accompany medical rescue teams, helping the teams in responding to traffic accidents and thereby putting them in direct contact with all the pain and suffering a car accident can cause.

The proposed law, however, has little chance of being approved. The Legislative Assembly's Commission on Transportation has issued an opinion opposing the approval of the proposed law and the Commission on Constitution and Justice considers the law unconstitutional because it adjudicates a federal matter. (Punição Radical para Infratores, O DIA ONLINE, Apr. 9, 2008.)

Author: Eduardo Soares More by this author
Topic: Motor vehicles More on this topic
Jurisdiction: Brazil More about this jurisdiction

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Last updated: 05/02/2008