MONTEVIDEO – Uruguayan President Tabare Vazquez signed into law on Monday a measure that makes it an offense to get behind the wheel after consuming alcohol.
“Every driver will be disqualified from driving vehicles of any type or category on public roads when the concentration of alcohol in the blood ... is above 0.0 grams per liter,” the legislation says.
The law will take effect early next month.
In 2007, Uruguay lowered the permissible blood alcohol level for drivers from 0.8 grams per liter to 0.3 grams.
The head of the Road Safety Unit, Gerardo Barrios, said recently that the lowering of the limit led to a reduction in the number of traffic accidents associated with alcohol by a factor of three.
According to the most recent global report on road safety by the World Health Organization, released in October, Uruguay is one of 79 countries around the world where traffic deaths have increased.