Thu. Oct 24th, 2019

Open containers of alcohol in vehicles now prohibited

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Last week, President Remengesau signed a bill which aims at making Palau a little more safer by making consumption of alcohol in motor vehicles illegal.

“I agree with the Olbill Era Kelulau’s statement that drinking under the influence of alcohol is a significant problem in Palau.” Remengesau said in his address to Speaker of the House of Delegates Sabino Anastacio

The law now prohibits open containers of alcoholic beverages in motor vehicles.

A police blotter is disseminated every week by the Bureau of Public Safety (BPS), almost each blotter including the most recent one is filled up with multiple cases of drunk driving.

Under the new law, the government is required to create and erect signage to strengthen the road safety. The law also calls for establishment of safe speed limit in school zones.

The legislative finding suggests that all speed limit signs list not only miles per hour but also kilometers per hour as this will minimize the guess work of the driver and give a clear indication to follow.

“Such signage plays an important role in ensuring that drivers are reminded of the rules for driving on public roads and highways.”

The responsibility for promulgation of reasonable rules to implement this new law falls on the BPS. (By Eshan Kalyanikar)