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Russia: Stricter Punishment for Drunk Driving, Speeding

(Dec. 31, 2014) On December 25, 2014, the Federation Council of the Russian Federation (the upper chamber of the legislature) approved a law previously passed by the Russian State Duma that makes driving a car while intoxicated a criminal offense punishable by a fine equal to US$10,000 (equivalency as of the time of the passage […]

New Zealand: New Blood and Breath Alcohol Content Limits for Drivers Come into Effect

(Dec. 5, 2014) On December 1, 2014, new drunk driving limits came into effect in New Zealand. (Land Transport Amendment Act (No 2) 2014, Ministry of Transport (last updated Dec. 2, 2014).) The changes follow the passage of the Land Transport Amendment Act (No. 2) 2014 (New Zealand Legislation website (Aug. 2014)). This Act lowered […]

Japan: Severe Punishment for Drivers Who Have Seizures in Certain Traffic Accident Cases

(Dec. 11, 2013) The Diet, Japan’s parliament, adopted a law in November 2013 that imposes stricter penalties on reckless drivers who cause fatal accidents while under the influence of alcohol or are impaired due to a chronic illness. (Act on Punishment of Acts Inflicting Injury or Death on Other(s) by Driving a Vehicle [in Japanese], […]

Russia: New Administrative Rules on Drunk Driving Adopted, Criminal Penalties Contemplated

(Oct. 23, 2013) The Russian State Duma (the lower house of the legislature) recently passed new legislation that will up penalties for driving in a state of intoxication induced by alcohol or drugs. The motivation for the legislative action was the increase in the number of deaths caused by drunk drivers. (Russia’s Duma Passes Tough […]

Brazil: Zero Tolerance of Drunk Driving

(Jan. 31, 2013) On January 29, 2013, a Resolution (Resolução CONTRAN No. 432 de 23 de Janeiro de 2013, DENATRAN (Brazilian Department of Transportation website)) issued by the National Council of Transit (Conselho Nacional de Trânsito – CONTRAN) entered into force. It regulates Law No. 12,760 of December 20, 2012 (Lei No. 12,760 de 20 […]

Taiwan: Stiffer Drunk Driving Provisions

(Jan. 16, 2013) On January 14, 2013, Taiwan’s legislature adopted amendments to the Road Traffic Management and Penalty Act that increase penalties for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. The amendments affect articles 8, 35, and 67 of the Act. (Stiff DUI Penalties OK’d by Taiwan Lawmakers, TAIWAN TODAY (Jan. 15, 2013); Amendment […]

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 […]