Saturday, July 12, 2008

Road Safety In A Multicultural Paradise...

"That was really what brought me to have a bulletproof car."

A few miles outside Sao Paulo, at a factory producing bulletproof windows, you have to wear headphones to block out the deafening sound of gunshots.
Day after day, in carefully controlled tests, bullets are fired at the glass produced here to ensure that it is up to the required standard.

There are now estimated to be more than 50,000 bulletproof cars - blindados - on Brazilian roads.

Christian Conde Antonio, the association's president, says the growth in the trade is largely because of the fear of violence and robbery in Brazil.

"There is a continuing sense of insecurity, this urban violence in big cities...."