AMET will use alcohol meters during Christmas holidays; they will monitor the “colmadones”
SANTO DOMINGO. The Metropolitan Transit Authority (AMET) announced yesterday that during the Christmas holidays they will use the alcohol meters in Greater Santo Domingo as a way to prevent drivers from driving under the influence of alcohol.
The measure will begin this weekend and continue until 6 January 2014, when the festivities related to Christmas come to an end.
The measure was announced by the Amet director, General Juan Geronimo Brown, during a press conference to announce the advances of the operation of Christmas safety.
Besides the alcohol meters, the Amet will post officers around the centers that sell alcoholic beverages, such as the “colmadones” and bars in order to keep persons with high levels of alcohol in their blood from driving away.
However, they will also increase the security measure requirements for these days such as the use of helmets on motorcycles, the safety belts on drivers and that their documents are up to date, such as the license to drive and others.
Brown announced that whoever tries to drive drunk will have the vehicle seized by the Amet officers. He said that in order to carry out the program they have 125 breathalyzers distributed among the troops.
The Center for Emergency Operations (COE) announced yesterday their “Christmas Operation for Dominicans, their values and their safety 2013-2014″ which will be carried out in two phases.
The first phase will start at 2:00 in the afternoon of 23 December and continue until 8:00 at night on 25 December, and the second will go from 30 December to 1 January at the same hours. For the Christmas operation they will have more than 33,000 persons taking part in the operation, which will have 1,600 aid stations, 164 ambulances and three helicopters. They will place nine command and control centers around the country to give assistance to the citizens. Moreover, they will have the participation of 22 institutions which compose the Center for Emergency Operations.
They will go on
The director of the Center of Emergency Operations, General Juan Manuel Mendez Garcia, said that outside of the days of the Christmas operations, the authorities for the safety of the citizens will continue their own operations in the country; this is the reason that it is not necessary to extend the COE operation beyond these specific days. Next Monday at the Ministry of Public Works and Communications the government will make the official announcement of the start of the Christmas operations.
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