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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 […]

Finland: Driver’s License Reform

(Sept. 25, 2012) <?Finland plans to inaugurate the use of a new, fixed-term driver's license as of January 19, 2013, according to a news report of September 17, 2012. In conformity with a European Union law, known as the ÅÂ?rd Driving Licence Directive," the licenses will be valid for terms of 2 to 15 years, […]

Brazil: Harsh Punishment for Bad Drivers

(May 2, 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 […]