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.”

driving2 • Anti-Distracted Driving Act approved by the Senate

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,

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• 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.

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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.

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See more details of the SBN 3211 here.

via: Manila Bulletin

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