FILE PHOTO. Vice President Raynold Oilouch in one of the press conferences held in 2019 at the Office of the President in Meyuns.

So far this holiday season, no serious injuries or fatalities have occurred due to holiday celebrations according to Vice President and Minister of Justice Raynold Oilouch.

Many young people in their 20s were taken into custody over the recent Christmas holiday due high level of intoxication reported Vice President Oilouch.  “In order to save lives and properties, we made a decision to bring in anyone that is overly intoxicated and could not be taken home, and let them sleep in jail until they sober up enough to leave.  We did this primarily to save lives and properties.  Had we not done this, I am sure we would have had injuries over this holiday season.”

Until some policy is put into place, it is very common that celebrations here usually involve alcohol and Ministry of Justice decided to prioritize safety by taking people who they believe are danger to themselves and to others into custody to sober them up without charging them.

“Of course, New Year is coming and it is traditionally more celebrated with parties and we continue to ask people to please take care during upcoming celebrations so that we will not have injuries or other tragedies,” urged Vice President Oilouch.

To reduce number of incidences, Ministry of Justice deployed officers from other divisions to assist Division of Patrol increase police presence during the holiday season.

There were at least six motor vehicle accidents a week before and during Christmas but no serious injuries or fatalities were reported. (L.N. Reklai)