Due to the success of the Drive Without Alcohol Program that began 19 years ago in Mexico City, other municipalities in the Mexican Republic seek to replicate it to prevent or reduce fatal accidents related to alcohol consumption.
During the Alcohol and Steering Wheel conservatory, the problems and consequences of mixing alcohol and steering wheel and how to prevent it, the Undersecretary of Citizen Participation of the Secretariat of Citizen Security (SSC), Pablo Vázquez, pointed out that several municipalities have approached to learn about the program of alcohol.
“They are 19 years of success that has been demonstrated. Today the country is going through a process of expansion of the program, of a new Mobility Law, to which all the municipalities are joining, where there was no such public policy,” said Pablo Vázquez.
He mentioned that the program has evolved and has created technological measures to implement the tests, such as remote alcohol detectors, which was implemented during the pandemic.
“If it comes out positive, it already goes to a breathalyzer test that detects alcohol in the blood. Subsequently, a Civic judge determines from 20 to 36 hours (of administrative arrest) ”, he mentioned.
Currently the Drive without Alcohol program operates in Mexico City and some municipalities of Nuevo León, State of Mexico, Sonora and San Luis Potosí; however, in these last two authorities they work to reinforce the parameters of sanctions.
Francisco de Anda, specialist in road safety, pointed out that it is necessary to standardize the standards of alcohol consumption in a breathalyzer operation, since the measurements are according to the parameters established by each municipality.
“In Sonora it has a more aggressive law, with lower limits. In San Luis Potosí and Baja California they are working to establish a ‘zero tolerance’ for those under 21 years of age; that is, with whatever degree of alcohol a young person has, they will no longer be able to drive. This is because young people are the first to lose their lives in these accidents,” said De Anda.
According to the Undersecretary of Citizen Participation of the SSC, the program has been successful because it is complemented by others, such as photocivics, which detect drivers who drive at high speed.
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“It is a wide range of actions, and this program contributes significantly to the prevention of incidents (…) It focuses on times of greater risk, at night, where there is greater alcohol consumption, and focuses on main behaviors, which is driving under the influence of alcohol and at high speed. These are the two objectives in terms of prevention that the program has”, Pablo Vázquez specified.