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Anti-Distracted Driving Act approved by the Senate

The Senate has approved on its final reading SBN 3211, or the Anti-Distracted Driving Act, which would prohibit and penalize “distracted driving.”

According to the bill, distracted driving is refers to the performance by a motorist of any of the following acts in a motor vehicle in motion or temporarily stopped at a red light, whether diplomatic, public or private:

• Using a mobile communications device to write, send, or read a text-based communication or to make or receive calls, and,

• Using an electronic entertainment or computing device to play games, watch movies, surf the internet, compose messages, read e-books, perform calculations, and other similar acts.

However, it is not considered as distracted driving if you’re not holding the mobile device like when in hands-free function, using the speaker phone, earphones and microphones. Provided, that the placement of the mobile device or hands-free device does not interfere with the line of sight of the driver.

There are a few exemptions to the provisions of the act:

• When used for emergency purposes such as an emergency call to a law enforcement agency, health care provider, fire department, or other emergency services, agency or entity; and,

• When operating an emergency vehicle such as an ambulance, fire truck, and other vehicles providing emergency assistance.

Violators of this act will be penalized with a fine of Php5,000 for the first offense, Php10,000 for the second offense, Php15,000 with suspension of driver’s license for 3 months for the third offense, and Php20,000 with revocation of driver’s license for the final offense.

See more details of the SBN 3211 here.

via: Manila Bulletin

This article was written by Louie Diangson, Managing Editor of YugaTech. You can follow him at @John_Louie.

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10 Responses

  1. Archie says:

    Antagal naman naipasa ng batas na to tsaka ambaba ng multa. Andami kong nakikitang nagccoc sa edsa kahit malapit na maggreen ang ilaw. Pero better late than never.

  2. Easy E says:

    Mapatupad sana ng maayos

  3. cedric says:

    Wala kasi disiplina ang pinoy kaya nagkakaroon ng mga ganito walang kwentang batas

  4. Anonymous says:

    So hindi kasama ang pag play ng music sa 7″ touch screen car stereo.

    Eh how about yung using Waze sa mobile device kaya?

    Baka ibagsak sa “or similar acts” at i-abuse ang 1st penalty offense na php5k. Malaki din yan ha.

    Or just basta hindi nasa line-of-sight ng driver, hindi na considered as “distracted driving”. So kung nakalagay lang sa passenger seat (no passenger), hindi na rin considered as “distracted driving” also?

    As-if merong available space sa side-of-the-road for drivers to be able to stop (available kaya?) and take/make calls, etc.

  5. jfaquinojr says:

    its gonna be our word against the kotong boys’ pag napagtripan.

  6. rush says:

    Honga paano yung paggamit ng waze tsaka pakkinig ng music sa cp tablet..

    • Anonymous says:

      Dati nga na hindi ganito kabigat ang traffic ay di natin kailangan ang Waze. At dahil sa kanilang kapalpakan ay kailangan nating gumamit ng Waze para di ma-late sa trabaho.

  7. Anonymous says:

    Sa laki ng amount ng penalty, ay ginagamit yan na panakot at inaabuse ng mga kontongero.

    May na-experience na nga ako pati ang violation booklet na pinapakita ang violation, may binubura na details (coverage of violation) para ma-exploit nila for kotong. Ganyan sa Pasay.

  8. kiel0426 says:

    May bagong hanap buhay nnmn mga traffic enforcer, LTO at MMDA..:/

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