Na­tional pol­icy on mit­i­gat­ing ex­ces­sive al­co­hol con­sump­tion launched

Two men taken to hos­pi­tal as Vespa hits pedes­trian

Malta Independent - - NEWS -

Two men have been taken to hos­pi­tal af­ter a Mal­tese man rid­ing a Vespa hit a for­eign pedes­trian yes­ter­day, po­lice have told The Malta In­de­pen­dent.

The ac­ci­dent oc­curred at around 7.20pm in the small tun­nel near the skate-park on the Birkirkara By­pass. That part of the road was closed.

The con­di­tion of the men is not yet known and the po­lice are in­ves­ti­gat­ing the sit­u­a­tion. A na­tional pol­icy on mit­i­gat­ing ex­ces­sive al­co­hol con­sump­tion, curb­ing un­der­age drink­ing and drink-driv­ing, among other al­co­hol-re­lated is­sues, was launched for public con­sul­ta­tion yes­ter­day.

So­cial Pol­icy and Fam­ily Min­is­ter Michael Far­ru­gia, who launched the doc­u­ment re­lated to the public con­sul­ta­tion, spoke of the chal­lenges this coun­try faces with re­gards al­co­hol con­sump­tion – from ex­ces­sive use to aware­ness to the dan­gers of drink­ing.

The doc­u­ment was given the go-ahead by the Sense Group, the Malta Ho­tels and Res­tau­rants As­so­ci­a­tion, the Cham­ber of Small and Medium En­ter­prises and the Na­tional Ad­dic­tions Ad­vi­sory Board. Sug­ges­tions may be sent by email to al­co­holpol­ by 17 Novem­ber.

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