Alcohol is a $100m 'un-policed' industry: CADA

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Alcohol is a $100 million dollar industry “largely un-policed” in Bermuda, according to the anti-drinking and driving organisation CADA.

Chairman Anthony Santucci told Hamilton Rotary Club yesterday that the group has successfully lobbied for changes to Bermuda’s Liquor License Act.

From June 1, “all managers, supervisors and persons in charge of licensed premises” must be certified by TIPS (training for intervention procedures).

“Since the beginning of this year, 138 managers, supervisors and persons in charge have participated in TIPS training,” Mr Santucci said.

Police also have the power to close down licensed premises for up to 24 hours in the event of a serious disorder or threat to public safety.

However, noting that Bermuda is among the countries with the highest level of road deaths per capita, Mr Santucci said the group will now push to have strict random roadside stops and breath tests adopted, similar to the European Union and Australia.

He said: “The Bermuda Police Service supports this proposal, and CADA will continue to work to have the Road Traffic Act amended to give the police these powers”.

Mr Santucci also called for the creation of an Alcohol Bureau of Control (ABC) on the Island.

“The establishment of an ABC in Bermuda will go a long way to reducing and perhaps even eliminating underage drinking, and the over-serving of alcohol,” he said, adding that such an organisation would not be part of the police.

The ABC would assume responsibility for liquor licensing, and hold bi-monthly meetings for establishments found to be in breach of the law.

“It would comprise one Commissioner, four enforcement officers, and one administrative assistant,” Mr Santucci said. “The estimated annual budget would be just under one million dollars, which would be paid for by levying a two percent sales tax on alcohol.”

In partnership with several other groups, CADA is also recommending the limited sale of alcohol miniatures and singles, and that grocery stores keep alcoholic products better separated from food and non-alcoholic beverages.

April is Alcohol Awareness Month, Mr Santucci added: CADA will hold its annual tag days in Hamilton on April 21 and 23.

The group will also run Know Alcohol quizzes from April 25, both in The Royal Gazette and the CADA website.

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