According to data from the National Road Safety Agency, Road accidents are the main cause of death for young people (under 35 years of age) and alcoholic beverages are present in one in four accidents. Zero tolerance is already implemented in 7 provinces and some cities in the country where there was a drop in claims and, consequently, in deaths.
Zero alcohol in Buenos Aires?
Minister D’Onofrio began promoting this rule at the beginning of this year. However, the legislative process that began in the Senators is still unfinished. In October the initiative obtained the approval of the Upper House, but since then it has not been dealt with by Deputies. “I hope that before the end of the year it comes out and by this summer and Operative Sol we can count on this legislation.“D’Onofrio had said at that time. Time has passed and, for now, it is not on the agenda of the Lower House to deal with the project.
The objective of the provincial government is to modify the Traffic Code established in Law 13,927 to incorporate “zero tolerance”. Also, penalties would be incorporated such as the retention of the license and disqualification to drive, arrest, fines and the obligation to attend special education and training courses for the correct use of public roads. The punishments have different degrees of application according to the levels of alcohol in the blood that are detected.