With Speed Cameras Off, Severe Accidents Increase on Brazil’s Federal Roadways

Amidst the 'blackout' in speed control, freeways record a high number of severe accidents with victims in the first seven months of the year, for the first time since 2011.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - President Jair Bolsonaro's pledge to shut down speed cameras, on the grounds that there is an "industry of fines" in Brazil, has been rigorously fulfilled on federal highways administered directly by the government.

Data obtained by GLOBO, through the Access to Information Act, show that almost all stationary equipment in operation in January on the roads have been deactivated since March.

While federal roads experienced a speed camera "blackout," severe accidents - recording deaths or injuries - soared in the first seven months of the year for the first time since 2011, when Brazil pledged to adopt . . .

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