Zero tolerance bans on drinking and driving are underway in both Argentina and Uruguay. Zero tolerance laws make it illegal to drive with any measurable alcohol in the body. In the United States, zero tolerance laws apply only to motorists under 21 years of age or on DUI probation. On April 29, incoming Uruguayan President Tabaré Vásquez announced he would seek to significantly reduce the permissible blood-alcohol level for drivers. Meanwhile, Argentina’s Interior and Transport Minister Florencio Randazzo said during a radio interview on April 28 that he intends to send a “Zero Alcohol” bill to Congress.
A recent study released by Taiwan’s Ministry of Transportation and Communications suggests women more likely in accidents than men, by 3.1%. The study was actually published a couple of weeks ago, and for the first time, cited numbers provided by the Taiwanese National Police Agency. Of the nation’s 7.23 million males with driver’s licenses, 10.2 percent had gotten into accidents. Of the 5.3 million licensed women, 13.3 percent had been involved in accidents. Women were also more likely in accidents involving scooters and motorcycles than males, but this difference was only 0.6 percent higher. Wang Jing-yuan, associate professor at National Chiao Tung University and a long-time analyst, who is involved in judging traffic cases, said that though women are in accidents a greater degree, male drivers are involved in more severe traffic collisions and deaths, as they are more likely to engage in speeding than females. Women, on the other hand, were more likely in accidents due to failing to notice other vehicles coming their way, failing to maintain safe driving distances with other vehicles, neglecting to yielding the right of way, not abiding by traffic signs and speeding.