We've seen some pretty strange legislation crop up when it comes to curbing crime, but Honduras has reached new extremes. According to the BBC, the country has outlawed passengers on motorcycles in an effort to fight a homicide epidemic. Honduras has the world's highest murder rate, with 82 people killed out of every 100,000 per year. Two recent high-profile killings involved shooters who fired at their victims while riding shotgun on motorcycles, and President Porfiro Lobo has responded by asking congress to put a ban on bike passengers for six months as a result.

The country faces a rash of problems as Mexican drug cartels move to expand their influence. Honduras currently serves as a corridor for cocaine traffic from South America, and the presence of violent gangs in the nation has only serve to further destabilize the area. The country began deploying armed troops as police enforcers in November.


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      savelandr
      • 3 Years Ago
      Maybe they should try a six-month ban on shooting people instead? Just 'til they get this epidemic under control.
      • 3 Years Ago
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      Rhonda
      • 3 Years Ago
      How about this, if you know someone who is in the drug trade in your neighborhood, anonymously turn them in to authorities. If this happened at ever opportunity I doubt this would even be an issue.
        wllharrington
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Rhonda
        The ACLU will not like you for taking away the dealers civil right to confront their accuser.
        Michael
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Rhonda
        The problem with that idea is that the authorities are the ones selling the drugs. Don't you remember Oliver North trafficking cocaine to get money to buy guns for a covert war in Central America? What makes you think that the authorities won't turn your name over to the dealers? Anonymously of course.
      dfrector
      • 3 Years Ago
      This law is not as radical as you might think. In areas of Afghanistan, drive by shootings on motorcycles followed this same pattern. In some areas, it was against the law for two young males to be on a mc together, because this was almost always the deadly pattern.
      Fazzster
      • 3 Years Ago
      "while riding shotgun on motorcycles" - shotgun, very funny Autoblog...
      orlandcaro
      • 3 Years Ago
      I think this is about as stupid as you can get,what's to stop them from riding in the back seat of a car and shooting someone? Is the next step no one can ride in the back seat of a car?
      johnb
      • 3 Years Ago
      In other news... Barry and the US Justice Department discusses ending direct sales of weapons to Mexican drug cartels. LOL Smooth Move Eric and Barry.
        RJC
        • 3 Years Ago
        @johnb
        Go troll elsewhere on politics.
        • 3 Years Ago
        @johnb
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      eliotsmeliot
      • 3 Years Ago
      Well this better not raise the price of drugs. I don't know if our economy can handle it.
      dan
      • 3 Years Ago
      How about "Open Season" on any and all drug runners. Shoot them on the spot when caught. Make them think twice about going out in the public instead of the public being scared of being shot by them.
      Esteban Rápido
      • 3 Years Ago
      God *#^*$#(* Shut down the factory. There goes my side car business plans for Latin America! I guess I'll just have to go back to making submarines in the jungle.
      WillieD
      • 3 Years Ago
      Who wrote the headline for this? Seems like you forgot "due" before "to". Nice job.
      • 3 Years Ago
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