Liquor companies take responsibility for drunk driving
With the sobering statistic of 70% of traffic accidents involving a person driving under the influence of alcohol, the Ministry of Public Health and the alcoholic beverage companies in the country have agreed to work together to bring this number down. The plan is to instill a culture of responsible alcohol consumption.
Minister Altagracia Guzman Marcelino signed the agreement with Dominican Rum Producers Association (Adopron) representative Augusto Ramirez, Jorge Torres Morales for the Wine and Liquor Importers Association (Rivlas) and Carlos Ferdinand for the Dominican Beer Manufacturers Association (Adoface).
The agreement seeks to raise awareness among alcoholic beverage retailers to discourage them from selling alcohol to anyone who is drunk, to children, or minors under 18 years old, as well as to respect the time limit for alcohol sales.
Deputy Public Health Minister Nelson Rodriguez Monegro estimated the cost of traffic accidents due to alcohol consumption to the public coffers at more than RD$50 million. Torres Morales said that they would work to create a culture of responsible consumption.
May 7, 2016
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