Monday, 20 March 2017

Gov. Calvo calls for stricter enforcement to curb alcohol abuse

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Due to the growing trend of alcohol-related crimes, Gov. Eddie Calvo has directed the Guam Police Department to heighten their enforcement.

Guam - According to GPD Spokesperson Capt. Kim Santos, the Mandaña Community Resource Units, Highway Patrol and Neighborhood Patrol officers started checking public parks, government buildings, school grounds, and other areas known to be used for gathering and drinking.

Since the efforts began on March 9, there have been 21 incidents of alcohol consumption on government property, and 16 incidents in private parking lots. A release states that enforcement was conducted in the following areas: Swamp Road in Dededo, the Mangilao church and baseball field, Paseo Park, Ypao Beach, East Agana, and various parking lots in Tumon.

In his weekly address, Gov. Calvo urged residents to be mindful of the laws, saying "A record for being arrested could make it harder for anyone — particularly young people who still have so much ahead of them — to take advantage of future opportunities. Some of the folks whom police apprehended as part of this effort were underage drinkers." 

GPD and the Mandaña CRU are calling the community to join in their efforts, and remind everyone to drink responsibly and consider the safety of others. 

Gov. Calvo is also appealing to the public to do its part to curb alcohol abuse, asking family members and alcoholics to reach out to government programs that help with addiction.

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