Transit laws to become more lenient !
From 1990 to 2000, more than 300,000 people died in Brazil because of problems related to transit (see here). In 1997, a new Code of Transit was passed; this Code is comparable to those in developed countries.
According to the original Code, over speeding was severely punished.
Driving at a speed up to 20% faster than the limit was considered serious infraction, and the fine was R$ 191; from 20% to 50%, the infraction was considered very serious, and the fine was R$ 573 (for comparison, the minimum wage in Brazil is R$ 360 monthly); driving above 50% the limit caused immediate losing of driving license.
Even with this tough legislation, Brazilian drivers were careless (because of lack of policing by the authorities and lack of education of drivers).
Yesterday, instead of tightening the legislation, the Federal government decided to loosen it.
Driving up to 20% faster than limit is now considered medium infraction, fine of R$ 85; up to 50% faster is serious, fine of R$ 191.
If you visited Brazil and found the transit chaotic, expect to find it worse next time.