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    I've been watching some utube videos and I watched 2 couples drinking while touring around. The front passenger had a child on his lap.. later on in the video, I also saw some pot smoking (the child wasn't present for that)
    My 1st question....are the any laws for safety while driving? Shouldn't that child be in the back, in a car seat ? 2. Are there any laws against drinking and driving ? 3. Any laws against smoking pot ? I'm not saying they don't break laws here, i just thought being they posted all of this, maybe none of it is illegal ???

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    I try to use those plastic cups in my rental
    1)- so I can share my cold Presidente while im driving..
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    2)- drinking straight from the bottle is just bad form...
    also That little plastic cup of Beer just makes me a better driver I find, as I do not want to spill a single Drop...

    as they say when in Rome....

    cops wont even give u a second look for drinking a beer while driving .. as long as you are not visibly drunk ,swerving etc..
    It does take some getting used to at first , coming from such strict no drinking laws back home..

    Only one other Country afaik is more OPEN about having a little drink while on the road
    .. I think Jamaica lets you literally drive while openly drinking your Red Stripe , with absolutely no laws against it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sightseeing View Post
    I've been watching some utube videos and I watched 2 couples drinking while touring around. The front passenger had a child on his lap.. later on in the video, I also saw some pot smoking (the child wasn't present for that)
    My 1st question....are the any laws for safety while driving? Shouldn't that child be in the back, in a car seat ? 2. Are there any laws against drinking and driving ? 3. Any laws against smoking pot ? I'm not saying they don't break laws here, i just thought being they posted all of this, maybe none of it is illegal ???
    Stay in your country and obey the laws. When you are visiting other countries, who are you to put your morality for other to judge.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sightseeing View Post
    I've been watching some utube videos and I watched 2 couples drinking while touring around. The front passenger had a child on his lap.. later on in the video, I also saw some pot smoking (the child wasn't present for that)
    My 1st question....are the any laws for safety while driving? Shouldn't that child be in the back, in a car seat ? 2. Are there any laws against drinking and driving ? 3. Any laws against smoking pot ? I'm not saying they don't break laws here, i just thought being they posted all of this, maybe none of it is illegal ???
    I just wonder about the old timers always trying to tell people what to do. To top it off, they also try this crap outside their own country.

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    Quote Originally Posted by photo2u View Post
    I just wonder about the old timers always trying to tell people what to do. To top it off, they also try this crap outside their own country.
    I don't see anyone trying to tell anyone anything. Quite the oposite infact, the OP is asking a question. Trying what crap? People entitled to have opinion, disagree, speak thier mind and anything else they want to do, most of all, ask questions about a place they may be considering visiting, or do not know about where they live.
    Go back to bed n sleep it off!

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    Quote Originally Posted by sightseeing View Post
    I've been watching some utube videos and I watched 2 couples drinking while touring around. The front passenger had a child on his lap.. later on in the video, I also saw some pot smoking (the child wasn't present for that)
    My 1st question....are the any laws for safety while driving? Shouldn't that child be in the back, in a car seat ? 2. Are there any laws against drinking and driving ? 3. Any laws against smoking pot ? I'm not saying they don't break laws here, i just thought being they posted all of this, maybe none of it is illegal ???

    The driving laws stand pretty much as you would expect anywhere, including some strange ones. The likes of drivers of motorcycles must wear helmets, but passengers not. Pregnant woman are not supposed yo travel in the front seats of cars. There were dome real weird ones I knew of years ago but can't remember ghem right now.
    But anyway, yes Drink driving is illegal, so is smoking pot, so is kids travelling in the front seat, but like every other law in DR they are not enforced. There are drive through alcohol services in DR, every carwash is also a drinking hole, you'll never get any hassle for drink driving. You'd be mad to carry or openly use drugs of any sort, unless with a member of police or Amet go cover you. And I've never allowed my daughter to travel eithout sest belt booster seat and in the back so I have no first hand experience on this. But its pretty normal to see kids in the front, vlimbinv on the dash etc do.......................

    DR has the laws that any furst world country has, they just don't enforce them unless there's a few quid in it for them.

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    I would agree with HUG, but add that it is advisable for expats to follow the driving laws because we will be the first ones stopped by the NP or AMET if they perceive there is an opportunity to cite a violation of those laws. Changing car lanes without indication in the capital is their favorite......no one does it but it is against the driving code and I have personally been stopped 3 times for this and on two occasions had to cough up some cash in order to move on. Wish I had obscure windscreens (which is illegal but very common) and an a/c that works so they can't see I'm Caucasian.

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    Driving laws in the D.R. is what we call an oxymoron...

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    Quote Originally Posted by ju10prd View Post
    I would agree with HUG, but add that it is advisable for expats to follow the driving laws because we will be the first ones stopped by the NP or AMET if they perceive there is an opportunity to cite a violation of those laws. Changing car lanes without indication in the capital is their favorite......no one does it but it is against the driving code and I have personally been stopped 3 times for this and on two occasions had to cough up some cash in order to move on. Wish I had obscure windscreens (which is illegal but very common) and an a/c that works so they can't see I'm Caucasian.
    That's something new for me, changing lane without indication. I can't recall even driving in a specified lane, anywhere. Closest I get to that is driving on the correct side of road, sometimes.

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    Part of the charm of living here is the daily uncertainty of it all. No one can be sure what traffic laws will be enforced on any given day. What seems to be a priority on Tuesday is often different on Thursday. As a foreigner, you are more likely to be asked politely to pull over more often than a local. If you choose to pull over to find out why, that's your decision.

    When you first get here and start driving, you will be amazed that there isn't more carnage on the roads. Every time you go out, you'll see some driver do something that you never considered possible. Your head will ache as if you just finished the Mensa exam. At home, we often drive on autopilot quite successfully. Here, autopilot can be deadly.

    Defensive driving skills are more important than knowing the basics of how to drive. Expect the unexpected all the time. Don't expect anyone to know or follow any rules ever. Resist the temptation to emulate our local speed racers.

    Driving in the dark is a completely different nightmare.

    There are rules, but most seem not to know what they are, think they don't apply to them, will get around to applying for a driver's license sometime before they turn 75 years of age.

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