Honduras bans motorcycle passengers



Orlando Sierra

The Honduras Congress voted to ban motorcycles from carrying passengers in an attempt to curb drive-by shootings.

Gunmen on motorcycles murdered two people this week, journalist Marina Luz Paz and former government security adviser Alfredo Landaverde, reported EFE.

"Given the current security situation, we believe that the appropriate response is allowing only one person [to ride] on motorcycles," Honduras Security Minister Pompeyo Bonilla told Congress.

Honduras has the world's highest murder rate at 82 per 100,000 people a year, according to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime.

The measure will last six months and was requested by President Porfirio Lobo.

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