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By Nelson Belen, Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Under the anti-drinking and driving law, Lei Seca, literally Dry Law, the penalties for driving drunk or while using a cell phone are about to get much harsher for Rio de Janeiro motorists. Starting November 1st, the fine for drunk driving or refusing to take a breathalyzer test will be raised to R$2,930 from its current R$1,915.

The one-year suspension of the perpetrator's driver’s license remains unchanged. For Subscribe to our Premium Membership Plan. Already Subscribed?