Barbados Alcohol Industry Association Lauds Decision to Introduce Breathalyzer Testing

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, Friday January 11, 2018 – The Barbados Alcohol Industry Association (BAIA), which comprises of local distributors and manufacturers of alcoholic beverages, is supporting government’s decision to introduce breathalyzer testing in Barbados.

This follows comments made by the Minister of Transport, Works and Maintenance, Dr William Duguid, who confirmed that government is aiming to utilize breathalyzers on Barbados’ roadways from early this year.

One of BAIA’s spokespersons, Managing Director of Mount Gay Distilleries Ltd., Raphael Grisoni, says the decision is timely, and aligns Barbados’ legislative efforts to eliminate the irresponsible consumption of alcohol with internationally accepted best practices.

“The ten businesses represented by the BAIA are proud to say that we are fully behind the implementation of breathalyzer testing in Barbados,” added Grisoni.

“Going forward, our group plans to meet with the other key stakeholders involved, to discuss opportunities for collaboration on this issue. It is necessary that we all do our part to promote the responsible consumption of alcohol within our communities.”

The BAIA was created in 2018 with the aim of promoting the responsible consumption of alcohol through advocacy and education. Additional businesses are expected to join the organization in the coming weeks. To date, it has 10 member companies.

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