The police are going to increase forces in foot patrols, sobriety checkpoints, and compliance checkpoint for the upcoming holidays.

Public Safety Director Aloysius Alonz said in an interview that officers from the Criminal Investigation Division (CID), Narcotics Enforcement Agency (NEA), Marine Law Office, and the Patrol Division will be deployed to intensify watch during the holidays not only in Koror and nearby states but as well as in the outlying states.

The intensification of the operations will begin this month and will last through the middle of January next year, according to Alonz.

Alonz has also reminded the public to refrain from driving when drinking alcohol as the case of Driving Under the Influence (DUI) is not just a crime that will affect one in Palau but it could also hamper future transactions when travelling abroad, especially students that are pursuing higher education in the States.

Alonz also reiterated that parking attendants of business establishments should be reminded that only the cops are authorized to direct traffic along the national highway.

He added that not only the parking attendants will be in trouble but also the company should an accident happened in the process of doing the unauthorized traffic direction.

Alonz previously told Island Times that business establishments should ask police assistance in taking care of the highway traffic. (Rhealyn C. Pojas)