Anti-Distracted Driving Act Effective May 18: Violations, Fines and Everything You Should Know

Warning to all drivers who are still practicing the habit of texting while driving, Republic Act 10913, also known as the Anti-Distracted Driving Act, will strictly be implemented starting this Thursday, May 18, 2017. Below are the violations and the corresponding fines and penalties, as well as everything you should know about this new law.

As reported earlier, this Anti-Distracted Driving Act strictly prohibits use of mobile phone and/or electronics or equipment while motor vehicle is in motion or temporarily stopped at a red light. This anti texting-while-driving law applies to automobiles, trucks, vans, buses, jeeps, motorcycles and tricycles, and will be implemented all over the country.

It should be noted that other vehicles such as bicycles, pedicabs, habal-habal, kuligligs, trolley, swagons, carriages (both animal or human-powered), as well as wheeled agricultural and construction equipment such as tractors, backhoes, pay loaders, cranes, bulldozers, mobile concrete mixers and the like, are also covered in this new law.

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What are the things that you are NOT allowed to do and considered illegal?

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

* 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.

* Placement of devices and gadgets (or anything) right in front of the driver (or line of sight) when looking at the road, or that would cover the view of the windshield.

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What are the things that you are allowed to do and considered legal?

* Using of mobile communications via hands-free function (speakerphone, earphones and mic, etc.), as long as the display of the device is not placed within your line of sight or does not distract your driving view.

* Using of mobile communications to make emergency calls, and motorists operating emergency vehicles (ambulances, fire trucks, etc.), as long as the act is done in the course and scope of your duties.

Penalties and fines:

* First-time violators: P5,000 fine

* Second-time: P10,000 fine

* Third-time: P15,000 fine and driver’s license will be suspended for 3 months

* Fourth time: P20,000 fine and their driver’s license will be revoked, which means you will not be allowed to drive for the rest of your life.

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