By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – The second weekend of 2015 was not only marked by high temperatures and crowded beaches, but looting or the mass robberies known locally as “arrastões” (big drags) and the start of Operação Lei Seca – Praia (Operation Dry Law - Beach).

While one group of policemen was busy chasing groups of youths accused of robbing beach-goers on the sands of Ipanema beach, another group was stopping drivers leaving the beach and asking them to take breathalyzer tests.

Those who want to go to Rio’s beaches by car this . . .

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