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Anti-Distracted Driving Act: Arrive alive, don’t text and drive!

AEV Legal | Aug. 23, 2017

For the A-People who take their cars to work, their morning commute typically involves driving to the beat of music streaming on Spotify, with playlists that vary during each drive depending on one’s mood. From time to time, their mobile phones buzz with incoming e-mails or messages from their team leaders or fellow team members. And the more diligent A-People (meaning all of them), try to reply as soon as possible while stuck in traffic or stopped at a red light.  

This means that during the typical morning drive to work, A- People may be committing at least 4 violations of Republic Act 10913, or the Anti-Distracted Driving Act. Each of which would make the typical A-Person at least PhP5,000.00 poorer and (eventually) without a driver’s license.

In the interest of preserving the sanctity of our driver’s licenses (and payroll accounts) AEV LMS has set out below a list of do’s and don’ts under the Anti-Distracted Driving Act. These apply to all person driving or operating on public thoroughfares or streets, whether the vehicle is in motion or temporarily stopped at a traffic light, and whether using sedans, SUVs, tractors, graders, bulldozers, BICYCLES, pedicabs, habal-habal, chariots, sledges and other forms of conveyances:

The following are the penalties imposed by the law:

1st offense – PhP5,000.00;

2nd offense – PhP10,000.00;

3rd offense – PhP15,000.00 and suspension of driver’s license for 3 months; and

4th and succeeding offenses – PhP20,000.00, plus revocation of driver’s license.

 

Remember, one text or call could wreck it all!