Driving under the Influence

Public Safety Director Aloysius Alonz stressed out especially to high school students here in Palau that taking college education abroad will be hard for them if they are caught and convicted of driving under the influence (DUI) of alcohol.

“The worst thing about DUI, once you get DUI, you cannot leave Palau, that’s the hard thing,” Alonz said in an interview with Island Times on Wednesday, emphasizing that the United States is very stiff about its enforcement on the DUI law.

In Palau, most high school graduates pursue higher education abroad, especially in the United States, as there is no existing university in the country. There is however the Palau Community College (PCC)where some courses are offered.

Other than being unable to leave Palau, the offender will also face sanctions provided by the law such as one-year revocation of license and paying fines, among others.

“If you’re drunk and driving, there’s no first warning, second warning. If you’re going to get caught, then you’ll be issued a citation or court case,” Alonz reiterated.

Alonz also shared that some mothers of youngsters caught for DUI would come to their office and cry, but he said the police is solid on their stance, saying that “the law is the law.”

“So as much as possible, we want to educate them that once they get convicted of DUI, then I’m sorry,” Alonz said. (Rhealyn C. Pojas)