Local September 23, 2021 | 3:58 pm

Law will prohibit alcohol consumption in the streets

The Senate approved the bill on first reading. FILE

Santo Domingo, DR


The Senate of the Republic approved on Tuesday on first reading a bill to regulate the sale and consumption of alcoholic beverages throughout the national territory.

Among the provisions of the piece of legislation is the prohibition of alcohol consumption on public roads, in vehicles, and motorcycles, as well as the imposition of new rules for places of sale.

In detail, the bill establishes in its Article 52 the prohibition of alcoholic beverages on public roads.

“It is forbidden to consume alcoholic beverages obstructing the public thoroughfare, sidewalks, streets, avenues or parks, disturbing the tranquility of the institutions determined by this law as sensitive,” states its article 52.

The following paragraph indicates that persons who incur this violation will be sanctioned with a fine of from one to five minimum public sector wages.


The regulation also prohibits the consumption and transportation of alcoholic beverages in vehicles and motorcycles. Specifically, Article 48 prohibits transferring alcoholic beverages to vehicle drivers within the passenger area “without factory seal.”

While in the following paragraph, it states that if alcoholic beverages are open, “they must be transferred in the trunk or in the rear of the motor vehicle.”


The legislative initiative also establishes that all centers for the sale of alcoholic beverages must apply for a license to proceed with selling alcoholic beverages to consumers.

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September 23, 2021 7:13 pm

The government of rd just does everything to get the population mad. This is the stupid shit ??‍♂️.

alfredo hidalgo
September 24, 2021 7:26 am

Becoming another NYC…jjjj

Johnny Doe
September 24, 2021 12:45 pm

Good luck keeping Dominicans from drinking and driving. The police can’t even keep their vehicles maintained with proper running and tail lights. 🙂

Maybe if Abinader pays attention to basic stuff first he might (long term) be able to cub drinking problems!

Paul Tierney
September 26, 2021 10:31 am

This law will intrude on the good side of Dominican culture/behavior of having a cold beer on a hot day while playing dominoes, sitting in the shade of a park, passing the time of day with friends, and ect.

It should intrude on those who operate vehicles with one hand on the wheel, the other holding a grande.

This is another law that will be selectively enforced, if enforced at all. The entitled will get a pass.