A member of Brazil’s House of Representatives since 2007, Hugo Leal is recognized as an expert in road safety legislation. He is the author of the “Dry Law” – the rigorous drink-driving legislation in Brazil – and other initiatives for better road safety in the country. Mr Leal also is the coordinator of the Parliamentary Front in Defense of Road Safety.
He led the Brazilian delegation to the First Global Ministerial Conference on Road Safety in Moscow in 2009, and was a speaker and supporter in the organization of the Second Global High-Level Conference on Road Safety, in Brasília in 2015. Mr Leal is a lawyer and served as Secretary of Administration and as the President of the Traffic Department of the State of Rio de Janeiro, where he created the Citizens Commission, to monitor traffic crime processes, a program to support road traffic crash victims, and projects in road safety education. After being elected to the Brazilian House of Representatives, he soon became a leading reference for road safety in the Congress, joining international fora such as the UN Road Safety Collaboration and the Global Network for Road Safety Legislators, where he is in charge of the coordination of the group in the Americas.
In the Brazilian Parliament, Mr Leal led the approval of the National Plan for the Reduction of Deaths and Injuries in Traffic in December 2017. This Decree established goals for cities, states and the federal government to be implemented this year (2019) and closely followed by the Parliamentary Front in Defense of Road Safety. Another priority of Mr Leal’s is the use of devices to detect the use of cocaine and other illicit drugs by drivers at road safety check points, as it happens the well-known Dry Law Operations.