By: L.N. Reklai
May 3, 2017 (Koror, Palau) Seven breathalyzers and 7,000 disposable mouth pieces were donated to the Bureau of Public Safety by Ministry of Health in a joint effort to reduce alcohol use among young people and deter people from driving while under the influence of alcohol. [restrict]
Number of alcohol related accidents and incidents have not been diminishing. Alcohol consumption among high school age is still around 43% for the past decade and have not gone down.
The two ministries working together, seek to reduce the negative consequences of alcohol use at outset. Ministry of Health with the NCD program have procured the breathalyzers to assist the Bureau of Public Safety properly test people who may be under the influence of alcohol.
Ministry of Justice through its Bureau of Public Safety had earlier announced to the public that it will be conducting spot checks this May until July. Acting Director of Bureau of Public Safety Allosius Alonz stated that these equipments will greatly assist them in doing their work properly. “These equipments are accepted by the court and will really help us with our investigative work,” he added.
“Hopefully, they will also be deterrent to people knowing that we will have the ability to test them for alcohol during this period,” added Acting Chief Alonz.
BPS will be better equipped to handle as well the upcoming school graduations. To prevent possible accidents and even tragedy from occurring during this time, BPS intends to utilize them especially during the graduation period.
On the same issue, House of Delegates passed in its 3rd reading House bill 10-12-1, HD1, a bill to prohibit consumption or possession of open alcoholic beverage containers in motor vehicles moving on roads, making an illegal act to have open alcohol containers in a moving vehicle. [/restrict]