The four people traveling in both vehicles were injured.
Emiliano Iván Sequeira, a 15-year-old teenager, died in the last few hours in a Misiones hospital as a result of a head-on collision between two cars on National Route 14. The driver of one of the vehicles, identified as Maximiliano da Silva. He is the son of the mayor of the town of Arroyo del Medio, Benito Da Silva. At the time of the event he was drunk: he had more than 0.70 alcohol in his blood.
According to local media, the road accident occurred during the early hours of yesterday, around 1, at kilometer 839 of the aforementioned route, between the towns of Cerro Azul and Arroyo del Medio. Due to circumstances that are still unknown, the Volkswagen Gol Trend vehicle that Da Silva was driving crossed the lane and hit the Toyota Corolla head-on in which the minor was traveling with his parents, who were also injured and remain hospitalized.
As it turned out, Emiliano suffered a closed head and abdomen trauma, while his father, Miguel Sequeira (53), suffered chest, abdomen and skull trauma. Both were taken by ambulance to a nearby health center but due to the seriousness of the injuries, they were later urgently referred to the Madariaga hospital in Posadas. Meanwhile, the boy’s mother, Isabel Glazik (38), suffered a fractured right clavicle, head and knee trauma.
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Da Silva, who works as a member of the provincial Penitentiary Service, also had some injuries, such as left hip trauma and abrasions on both knees. He was subjected to a breathalyzer test and the result showed 0.72 alcohol in the blood, for which the Investigating Court No. 5 of Alem determined that he be delayed once he received medical discharge. However, the driver’s situation changed when the sad news of the minor’s death was known and he was placed under arrest.
Soon, the Zero Alcohol Law will be discussed in the Senate
Promoted by the National Road Safety Agency, the Zero Alcohol at the Wheel Bill was presented in the National Congress in April 2021 and obtained half a sanction in the Chamber of Deputies on November 24 of last year. Days after that advance, it obtained a favorable opinion in the Senate’s Infrastructure, Housing and Transportation commission and was enabled for debate in the Upper House. It was included in the agenda of the Senate and is awaiting its treatment.
If sanctioned, it will be established at the national level that the blood alcohol tolerance for driving motor vehicles will be zero. Currently, there are 13 provinces that have regulations of these characteristics: the last to join was Buenos Aires, at the beginning of this year. Before, the law was already in force in Chaco, Chubut, Córdoba, Entre Ríos, Jujuy, La Rioja, Río Negro, Salta, Santa Cruz, Tierra del Fuego and Tucumán.
The same happens in more than 40 municipalities in the country, which have a zero alcohol driving regulation in their territories, as a preventive measure that seeks to reduce deaths and traffic injuries caused by drunk drivers. In Misiones by case, it is applied in the capital city of Posadas, by municipal ordinance.
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