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City lacks booze law

Felix Chaudhary
Saturday, January 12, 2013

THE City of Lautoka is among municipalities in the west that doesn't have bylaws enacted against drinking in public places.

Also in the list are Ba and Rakiraki. Only Sigatoka, Nadi and Tavua have enacted laws on the issue.

This was revealed by divisional police commissioner west, Senior Superintendent of Police Jope Ralulu.

Speaking at the fourth quarter Local Government consultative forum held at the Tanoa Waterfront Hotel in Lautoka, SSP Ralulu said it was imperative that the bylaw be relooked at and enacted by all municipalities in the division.

"This is one of the reasons that we have a lot of issues when we try to curb drinking in public places in Lautoka," SSP Ralulu said.

"A lot of people know there is no such law. Even in the towns that have the law, it is hardly ever used. In the past police used to round up those found consuming alcohol in public, take them into custody and keep them overnight to face the court the next morning," he said.

SSP Ralulu added the only offences those consuming alcohol could be charged for was drunk and disorderly or drunk and incapable.

"I challenge the Local Government Ministry, special administrators and chief executive officers to do something about this.

"This law has to be amended and enacted for the safety of our citizens," he said.