The Ministry of Police has issued a warning to members of the public to be aware that they will be cracking down on people who are driving under the influence of alcohol.
This is according to a public notice issued by the Samoa Police Service as the country switches to the festive season mode.
“The S.P.S. (Samoa Police Services) will be conducting random check points on the road to monitor drivers who are Driving under the Influence (D.U.I.) of alcohol for the safety of the travelling public,” the Police warn.
“In addition, there will also be police patrol vehicles patrolling the road to check for any D.U.I drivers. “These random check points start this week and will continue during the festive season heading into the New Year.
“The safety of the public is paramount to S.P.S. and drinking and driving at this time of the year is highly discouraged.
“This is the time of the year to celebrate with loved ones.
“Losing one life on the road is one too many,” says the S.P.S.
Their message is very simple.
“IF you DRINK don’t DRIVE, If you DRIVE don’t DRINK.
“Enjoy responsibly” urges the Police.
The Police also indicated that food and beverages, restaurants, resorts and hotels with licenses to sell alcohol at any time within the premises.
“Liquor stores/retailers 6am - 10pm every day except Sunday which is closed.
“Billiard and pool closing times is at 10.30pm every night except Sunday which is closed,” says the notice.
Also indicated on the notice are the hours for the night clubs during the festive season period for the information of the public.
Sat 23/12/2017 6am - 12am midnight
2. Sun 24/12/2017 closed
3. Mon 25/12/2017 6am - 6am next day
4. Tue 26/12/2017 6am - 6am next day
5. Wed 27/12/2017 6am - 6am next day
6. Thur 28/12/2017 6am - 6am next day
7. Fri 29/12/2017 6am - 6am next day
8. Sat 30/12/2017 6am - 12am midnight
9. Sun 31/12/2017 closed
10. Mon 1/1/2018 6am - 6am next day
11. Tue 2/1/2018 6am - 1am Wednesday morning and then back to normal times.