MMDA wants to limit sale of liquor in bars, clubs, restaurants to quell drunk driving

The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) will propose an ordinance to the Metro Manila Council to limit the sale of alcoholic drinks to vehicle owners in bars, nightclubs and restaurants, reports ABS-CBNNews.com and Business World. The proposal is part of the agency’s campaign against drunk driving.

MMDA Chairman Francis Tolentino said in a statement, "We have to attack the source--those bars, nightclubs and restaurants that seem to have all the freedom in the world to sell liquor. Maybe it’s about time the government have some kind of control over these business establishments." A survey team formed by Tolentino will check the operations of well-known bars and nightclubs in the metro.

In the ABS-CBNNews.com report, Tolentino said majority of apprehended drunk drivers, who get involved in road accidents, come from drinking sprees in bars and nightclubs. "Those beer bucket promos lure customers to drink more. Once they are into it, they forget they still have to drive home."

"Business establishments should have strict guidelines or a system that will determine if a customer has already reached his or her maximum alcohol tolerance level," Tolentino added, according to ABS-CBNNews.com and Business World. "We have to have a rule that a customer should no longer be served alcoholic drinks if his or her blood alcohol concentration level has already reached, for example, 0.08 percent."

Quezon City Mayor Herbert Bautista told Business World that Tolentino’s idea is "good" but the "source of drunkenness" must be established first because some drunk drivers may have come from house parties. "We can consider the ordinance but we have to look into possible restraints in the economic activities of (local government units), and (figure out how) we can implement this without encroaching on (the) rights of the individual."

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