For the New Year's Eve is no longer synonymous with accidents , the Lebanese Ministry of Interior and the union of owners of private taxis have launched an initiative to prevent partygoers from driving under the influence of alcohol . Free taxis will be available to the Lebanese in the Beirut area the evening of December 31. "This initiative was launched in collaboration with all the private taxi companies in Lebanon," said Capt. Michael Moutran , responsible for the management of road safety within the Internal Security Forces (ISF) . "The restaurants and nightclubs of Beirut are affected by this measure , he told OLJ . The owners of establishments that offer alcohol should prevent their customers from driving drunk and call center traffic management in Lebanon (Traffic Management Center ) in 1720 , which will send a taxi to the place designated fortransport clubbers home. "
This measure does not apply to people who will celebrate in private homes, said the captain, because unlike the scenario of a restaurant or a nightclub, a drunk person can stay in its host .
" The checkpoints will be distributed across the capital to perform alcohol test , said the captain Moutran. Drivers with a large BAC should stop driving and take a taxi assigned under this initiative. " With the latest reform of the Highway Code , the maximum blood alcohol concentration of 0.5 g / l of blood. With regard to possible sanctions against drunk drivers , Captain Moutran explained that the issue is under consideration .
The Lebanese Red Cross reported in 2012 alone more than 11,100 accidents. Almost 81 % of those involved were under 40 years. According to Captain Moutran, no death was recorded last year at New Year's Eve in Lebanon.
"This is the first time that such an initiative is launched in Lebanon, the security official said . It is involved in the launch of the Centre's accounts of congestion management on Twitter and Facebook "( @ tmclebanon ) .
The center provides continuous monitoring and real-time road conditions , photos from installed in several areas to support cameras. The team - composed of members of the Internal Security Forces , engineers and technicians - working in cooperation with the National News Agency ( NNA , official ) in order to relay the information and send it to other media.
Asked about the initiative of the New Year, Ziad Akl , president of YASA (Youth Association for Social Awareness) Association , congratulated the ISP and the union of private taxi companies for this action they deem " important." "This is the first national initiative of its kind in Lebanon , he said. Previously, the commercial interest was before any other consideration. "