DOTr suspends the Anti-Distracted Driving Law
After the massive confusion with the driving public, the Department of Transportation has called the shots to suspend the Anti-Distracted Driving Law.
The announcement was made after a hearing with the transportation panel of the Congress. The lack of information drive was pointed out during the hearing citing the Section 7 of the Republic Act (RA) 10913 that states:
“The DOTC (Department of Transportation and Communications)-LTO in coordination with the Philippine Information Agency, the Department of Education, the Department of Interior and Local Government, the Philippine National Police and private agencies and organizations shall undertake a nationwide information, education and communication campaign for a period of 6 months from the effectivity of this act.”
The law, which was implemented last May 18, refers distracted driving as 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. Although, additional stipulations were added which led to the confusion.