Brazil toughens it anti-drunk-driving legislation

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Associated Press

Posted on December 19, 2012 at 10:31 AM

SAO PAULO (AP) — Brazil's Senate has approved legislation to toughen punishment of drunk drivers.

The Senate's website says the measure approved Tuesday night doubles automatic fines on motorists caught driving under the influence from 958 reals ($479) to 1,916 reals ($958). It also allows the use of methods other than breathalyzers to prove drivers are drunk. Photographs, videos, witness testimony and lab tests can also be used.

President Dilma Rousseff is expected to sign the measure into law before the end of the year.

Brazil's Federal Highway Police Department says 345 people were killed last year in motor vehicle accidents caused by drunken drivers.

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