No Cellphone While Driving Law starts on May 18

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texting while driving • No Cellphone While Driving Law starts on May 18

The Anti-Distracted Driving Act that became a law last August 1, 2016 will now be enforced starting May 18, 2017.

Any driver caught using a cellphone while he/she is in the driver’s seat will be apprehended and fined. This includes using the phone even if the car is not moving while on a stop light or in a middle of a heavy traffic (incidentally, just this afternoon, a MAPSA officer warned us about this violation and stated it is already in effect in Makati, though we corrected him that it should be May 18).

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Here are the fines:

1st offense: Php5,000 fine
2nd offense: Php10,000 fine
3rd offense: Php15,000 fine + 3 months suspension of license
4th offense: Php20,000 fine + revocation of driver’s license

There are also exemptions to this rule as stated here.

Updated: Everything you need to know about the Anti-Distracted Driving Law

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