The Transport Commission of the Chamber of Deputies will resume this Tuesday the debate on the projects that establish “Zero Alcohol” at the wheel and that seek to prohibit throughout the national territory that people who have ingested alcoholic beverages can drive vehicles. Thus, the meeting of the commission chaired by the Jujuy radical Jorge Rizzotti will be held from 2:00 p.m. in Annex A of the lower house, and will be attended by the Executive Director of the National Road Safety Agency, Pablo Martínez Carignano, and representatives of the group “Madres del Dolor”.

It is worth mentioning that the current Traffic Law 24,449 establishes, for any type of vehicle, a tolerance of up to 500 milligrams (0.5) of alcohol per liter of blood; for motorcycles or mopeds up to 200 milligrams (0.2); and for the transport of minors and cargo passengers, zero alcohol. Among the projects that are under study, the one promoted by deputy Ramiro Gutiérrez (Frente de Todos) establishes the prohibition for drivers of all types of vehicles to circulate with any blood alcohol concentration greater than zero.

In his previous visit to the lower house, Martínez Carignano stated that “in Argentina, road accidents are the main cause of death in people under 35 years of age” and remarked that “it is difficult to think that the situation will improve if we do not take an intervention concrete”. For her part, Vivian Perrone, mother of Kevin Sedano, who died in 2002 at the age of 14 after being hit by a car, celebrated the treatment of the project and assured that “the loss of a child is something you never go back from.”

Currently, the provinces of Córdoba, Salta, Tucumán, Entre Ríos, Jujuy, Río Negro and Santa Cruz, and cities such as Mar del Plata, Santa Fe, Rosario, Posadas, Moreno, Tigre and Ezeiza, among others, have zero alcohol regulations in their territories.