About 25% of Brazilian drivers often drive after ingesting alcohol. The information is from the director of Abramet (Brazilian Association of Traffic Medicine), Dirceu Rodrigues.
He said many drivers drink while driving because they think the consumption of small quantities, does not interfere in their ability of direction. However, he disagrees with the thesis. “Alcohol depresses the central nervous system, disrupting the reasoning and causing delay in the reflexes.”
He said the ideal minimum amount varies per person. “It depends on several factors such as weight, height, sex and metabolism.”
Still in some parts of Brazil people are accostumed to drinking and driving and it’s common to see alcoholic beverages being sold at Gas Stations, of all places!
Below a few videos of brazilian drunk drivers caught on camera.
This driver was caught in Ilheus, Bahia:
This is a brazilian federal police officer caught driving drunk and threatening other police officers:
This one below is a naked drunk driver caught sleeping in the car with all the lights on:
This one also slept on the wheel and thinks he is going to get away with it:
A drunk driver smells the bafometro(a breathometer) instead of blowing it to attest his alcoholic level:
This is one of the most famous videos of drunk drivers in Brazil… he was caught 3 times driving drunk in Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais.
This girl from Curitiba, Parana, worries about her father beating her after being caught driving drunk.
This is probably the best one… when stepping out of the car to show documents to the police he falls and gets hurt.