The Government of Mexico City published reforms to the Traffic Regulations to combat impunity in terms of road safety. Photo: Cuartoscuro / Archive
This Thursday, two decrees that reform the Traffic Regulations were published in the Official Gazette, in the Official Gazette of Mexico City, which are aimed at combating impunity in terms of road safety and inhibiting risky behaviors, with the objective of protecting the users of the most vulnerable roads.
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One of the modifications referred to is to avoid discretion in the sanctions applied to possible offenders so that they are made in accordance with the existing tabulator as of today. Although the amount of the current sanctions does not increase, this change leaves out the criteria of the police to establish the amount of payment for violations of the Traffic Regulations.
Likewise, with the reform implemented, the penalties will be stricter with repeat offenders (who have accumulated 5 or more offenses) and with those who drive foreign license plates that have committed any offense, as they will be sent to vehicle depots in which, in addition to comply with the economic sanction corresponding to the current offense, they will have to comply with all the fines that they owe to the city. It is important to specify that the recidivism criterion will take effect from this March 15.
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The third measure has to do with the Drive Without Alcohol Program, better known as Breathalyser, with which the measures that guarantee compliance with sanctions for drivers who exceed the permitted levels of alcohol in the blood are tightened.
From now on, the vehicles of the offenders of this program will be automatically taken to the vehicle depot, without the possibility that a companion can take the unit, so the unit will be returned until the sanctioned person has completed his penalty in the Center for Administrative Sanctions and Social Integration, “El Torito”. Likewise, the vehicle in storage will have to cover the pending fines with the city to be released.
With this provision, the operating personnel are empowered to carry out a complete documentary review of the vehicle and, where appropriate, infringe the driver if they do not carry all the papers required to drive the car. In addition, to guarantee correct operation, the presence of SSC police officers will be strengthened at each checkpoint of the Breathalyzer, as well as the incorporation of more cranes for the necessary tows.
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It should be noted that adjustments and improvements have been implemented to update and professionalize the Alcohol Free Driving Program. As an example, the state of force was reinforced by 30 percent, in accordance with the protocols and sanitary measures required by the COVID-19 virus.
Nowadays the “Alcostop” equipment is also used, which allows detecting alcohol levels in the environment, in such a way that the policeman makes use of a healthy distance without compromising the driver and his person and, depending on the results, he can continue with the interview and the breathalyzer test if applicable.
Official Gazette 02-04-2021. Decree by which various provisions of the Traffic Regulations are amended, added and repealed; link where to consult operating guidelines of “Emergent Support for School Food 2021”.https://t.co/6YF4COPWfc pic.twitter.com/jLiNO1d0uW
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The Secretariat of Citizen Security (SSC) pointed out that with these reforms progress is being made in the commitments regarding road safety for pedestrians, motorists, motorcyclists, cyclists and other forms of mobility, tightening the measures to comply with sanctions for those who do not respect the Regulation Traffic and, thus, abate impunity without increasing sanctions.
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