In Philippines, drunks may count on bartenders for a lift Home
by FFE PH News Staff
COOP-NATCCO party-list representative Anthony Bravo proposed House Bill 3450 or ‘An Act providing for alternative transportation assistance for inebriated customers of alcohol-serving establishments’ this week that sees bartenders calling for a ride for those who have gone on a drinking spree.
The bill is said to have been submitted as a way to reduce accidents brought by driving under the influence. It has already been referred to the transportation committee.
Under the proposed law, the owners of drinking establishments will be obliged to call a transportation service to shuttle their inebriated clients home. In the event that no service could be hired, the owner is obligated to contact the client’s relative instead.
In addition, drinking establishments are also required to have a licence to sell alcohol and to hang a sign that reads ‘Drinking and driving do not mix. If requested, management will assist you in placing a local call in an effort to obtain alternative transportation.’
Last May, President Aquino signed into law Republic Act 10586 or the ‘Anti-Drunk and Drugged Driving Act of 2013’ that applies stricter penalties in cases of driving under the influence. However, preparation for the implementation of the law had been delayed because the Land Transportation Office still needed to train police and traffic enforcers on the use of devices like the breath analyser and how to conduct sobriety tests.