Local September 8, 2021 | 2:00 pm

Specialist says asking for ID cards in resorts and motels is unconstitutional

Security specialist Carolina Ramirez

The bill, which obliges those who wish to stay in motels or cabins in the country to present their identity and electoral cards, violates the rights of the people protected in the Dominican Constitution. For this reason, if approved, it could be annulled by the Constitutional Court.

This was noted by Carolina Ramirez, a security specialist, who indicated that the same “violates article 44 (of the Constitution) and many others, related to the right to privacy, intimacy, honor and the good name of the people.”

Ramirez explained that it is unnecessary to approve the bill presented by Deputy Luis Henriquez of the Dominican Liberation Party (PLD) since such establishments are governed under a security protocol.

“The associations of these types of businesses, have specific guidelines and take registration of the license plate and have a direct number to notify in case there is an irregular situation. In the case of vehicles that enter without a license plate, they also have a protocol to keep the video of entry and exit and notify the authorities,” she said.

Ramirez further explained that the authorities had solved the criminal cases that have occurred so far in such lodgings, so “the protocol that exists since 2000, is more than enough, from the point of view of public safety.”

It should be noted that the representative of Santo Domingo East in the lower house said that these places are used as free zones for crime because they do not ask for identification.

“We do this to discourage delinquency. It is not acceptable that in our country cabins and motels are used to rape children, to traffic drugs, to kidnap people and for criminals to hide,” said the official.

The bill also indicates that in cases of an establishment’s failure to acquire identification, the cabin may be sanctioned with a three-month closing and a fine of 50 minimum wages.

The bill has the support of 22 legislators of the various parties represented in the National Congress.

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Paul Tierney
September 9, 2021 11:17 am

Many Dominicans and foreigners making transactions in the RD are asked to present some form of identification. Why should asking for ID cards at resorts and motels > ( cabanas) be unconstitutional when businesses other then them can do it? Suspect this security specialist is a mouthpiece for ghosts with an agenda to keep things as they are.

bernie sierr
September 9, 2021 4:08 pm
Reply to  Paul Tierney

Because going to a Cabaña is place of privacy and no one needs to know where you go or not. When you go to a private restaurant and buy food they do not ask you for an ID right? No, because it is pay as you go meaning that you are done with your business transaction ones you leave the place. Maybe his wife or girl friend cheated on him and he is looking for revenge.

Antonio roca
September 9, 2021 10:14 pm

Idiots, to give a terrible disease to another person is constitutional?