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Old October 23rd, 2016, 05:33 AM   #2781
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Up to 300% increase in Brazil traffic fines





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The penalties in Brazil are categorized in four different groups, according to their degree of seriousness:

Leves – each one of these penalties results in a loss of 3 points on the driver's license. These are minor penalties, such as stopping the car 50 cm to 1 m from the curb, using the car's high beams in areas where street lightening is adequate or driving without license and registration.

Médias – moderate offenses, each one of these penalties results in a loss of 4 points on the driver's license. Actions such as parking in another vehicle, preventing its exit, vehicle operation in a restricted area during a certain time period – according to the rodízio system – or parking in an area of embark or disembark of passengers, e.g. a bus stop, are considered moderate infractions.

Graves – serious offenses cost the driver a loss of 5 points on the driver's license. The lack of seatbelt use by the driver or passengers is considered a serious infraction, as well as parking in the pedestrian crosswalk or driving a vehicle in poor conditions.

Gravíssimas – these are the most serious penalties, the major infractions, which result in a loss of 7 points on the driver's license.. They are the ones which can cause more accidents and more danger to drivers and pedestrians, such as committing forgery with the driver's license or the registration or not reducing the vehicle speed near hospitals and schools.

Depending on the situation, the penalties for major infractions may be multiplied 3 or 60 times. The only difference of these two types from the major infractions is the amount you have to pay. The number of points lost on the driver's license will still be 7.



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Old October 23rd, 2016, 03:21 PM   #2782
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SP-330 São Paulo state


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Old October 23rd, 2016, 04:45 PM   #2783
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Old October 23rd, 2016, 05:09 PM   #2784
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Disused "Viaduto das Almas", a very dangerous curvy viaduct at the bottom of two descent approaches on BR-040, near Itabirito.

It has been bypassed since 2014 by a new alignment. Dozens of people died there during its operation since 1959, including some high-profile accidents where buses crashed down the ravine.

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Old October 26th, 2016, 04:01 AM   #2785
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Old October 30th, 2016, 06:46 AM   #2786
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New limit speed for unsignalized roads

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Old November 2nd, 2016, 04:31 AM   #2787
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Timelapse driving in the State of São Paulo: highway SP-127 between Tietê and Rio Claro. The first stretch of the highway, between Tietê and Piracicaba is being widened to two lanes each way, the second stretch already has two lanes each way.

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Old November 2nd, 2016, 06:23 PM   #2788
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Old November 4th, 2016, 03:39 PM   #2790
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New limit speed for unsignalized roads

Which is new, which is old??
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Old November 4th, 2016, 04:01 PM   #2791
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Which is new, which is old??
These are all new limits. The old one was 110km/h for all highways unless otherwise posted.
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Old November 5th, 2016, 04:00 AM   #2792
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Wrong

The old one 110 km/h for cars 90 km/h for buses 80 km/h trucks
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Old November 5th, 2016, 01:52 PM   #2793
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Why are there so many RETORNOS on brazilian roads? I mean does it really happen so often the drivers miss their exit and then need to return? Normally one can make a RETORNO on every intersection so why so many overpasses only to make a return? Never saw such a thing in Europe.

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Old November 5th, 2016, 01:57 PM   #2794
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These serve right in, right out access points to remote farms, plants and other installations. That way there doesn't need to be a substandard U-turn or crossover.

Like you said, retorno's are very common in Brazil.
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Old November 5th, 2016, 02:12 PM   #2795
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OK, but isn't it better to make proper interchanges for that installations? I saw also on photos they often add the inscription RETORNO on normal interchanges to indicate thet a return is possible, what is normally logical and doesn't need to be indicated. My conclusion is that brazilians are a little bit obsessed whit the need to suddenly return on a motorway, just in case.
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I saw also on photos they often add the inscription RETORNO on normal interchanges to indicate thet a return is possible, what is normally logical and doesn't need to be indicated.
It's not as logical as it might seem first. On Gran Canaria island, which is politically in Europe, the motorway has a lot of "unsymmetric" junctions where you have an entry/exit on one side only and could not simply re-enter on the opposite side. Thus, they also have the "retorno" type indications where a return is actually possible.

It's remarkable, though, that all over Latin America, they have lots of "return-only" structures (be it a grade-separated proper one like on the photo above, or just a left turn from the leftmost lane into the opposite carriageway's leftmost lane, which you can see in the Colombia and Ecuador photo threads ...). I have never seen a "return-only" structure in Europe so far.
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I have never seen a "return-only" structure in Europe so far.
Spanish autovías occassionally have diamond interchanges that serve nothing. They are signed as a 'cambio de sentido'.
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Some full interchanges are named as "retorno" in Brazil, it's a national standard.


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These "U-turns" exist mainly because most Brazilian dual carriageways are not fully controlled-access, so people accessing the road from farms roads need to have a way to travel in the opposite direction of the lane their dirty road ends at. Often, they will build these junctions where a farm road already meets the highway.

Fully controlled-access highways also have the occasional u-turn junctions. The longest section between two exists on Brazilian highways (without any other access other than rest areas of roadside planned facilities) is on SP-348 between the Sao Paulo Ringroad and the SP-330 interchange near Jundiai.
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