Law revoked so revelers can drink ’til dawn

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but police warn “have a designated driver”

Panama’s municipality has lifted the so called carrot law, which means that bars and night clubs can open after 2:00 a.m. permitting revelers to celebrate the end of the year holidays until dawn if they wish. However, the National Police strongly suggested having a designated driver to avoid accidents.

Recently the Road Transport Authority has been concerned about the number of accidents caused by drink driving. This year, over 6,000 people have been fined for driving a vehicle under the influence and 9,800 were positively inebriated.

Roberto Moreno, the Road Transport Authority director, said that the fines for driving under the influence may increase from $150 to $1,500 plus three months suspension of the driving license the first time. If the person is found drunk driving on four occasions, they will be fined $12,000 and suffer permanent suspension of their driving license.

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