|On the other hand, President Chavez can still drive a 1-seater tractor with 5 passengers.|
As the top oil-producing country in South America, Venezuela strongly values the rights of its drivers. Gasoline typically only costs 12 cents per gallon, most of the population speeds regularly, and authorities rarely test for drunk driving. However, in 2008 the government introduced a law allowing for the suspension of a citizen’s driver’s license. The law had not been employed, until 41-year-old Ramon Parra decided to speed in a bus that had too many passengers and was missing a wheel! This behavior warranted a 12-month suspension - the first of its kind that Venezuelans have EVER seen.