It’s nearly one year since Republic Act 10913 or better known as The Anti-Distracted Driving Bill was passed on the Senate and 15 days since its Implementing Rules and Regulations were published.
An article from ABS-CBN News reveals that the Anti-Distracted Driving Law takes full effect this Thursday, May 18, 2017.
This only means that using any gadgets such as mobile devices to write, send, or read text-based communication or any other similar acts; and even gadgets as an electronic entertainment to play games, watch movies, surf the internet, compose messages, read ebooks, perform calculation and other similar acts are all prohibited.
Any means that obstructs the line of sight of the driver will be a violation of the law.
On the other hand, motorists are still allowed to use navigational apps like Waze and Google Maps while driving as long as the device use does not interfere with the driver’s line of sight.
The law also applies to vehicles on stop or at a red light.
The law aims motorists from getting distracted while driving as well to keep them safe from incidents.
The following are the corresponding fines and penalties for motorists if caught violating the Anti- Distracted Driving Act:
1st Offense: P5,000 fine
2nd Offense: P10,000 fine
3rd Offense: P15,000 fine and three-month suspension of driver’s license
4th Offense: P20,000 and revocation/cancellation of driver’s license
All public utility vehicles, private cars, government vehicles, bikes, motorcycles, skateboards, motorized wheelchair and forms of transportation is covered by the law and are encouraged to follow the law.
If incidents or any emergency situations occurs drivers are allowed to use the gadgets to report the said accident and are exempted to the law.
In line of this, Republic Act 10666 or known as the Children’s Safety on Motorcycles Act an Act providing safety of children aboard motorcycles will take effect the following day, May 19, 2017.
On the other hand, authorities assure that fines should be paid thru Metrobank or Bayad Center. Any enforcer should not receive nor demand any payments be made to them.