Republic Act 10913 or the Anti-Distracted Driving Act became effective yesterday but the Land Transportation Office in the Davao Region will fully implement the law only after all requirements have been met.
However, LTO Davao Region will still implement a local ordinance that prohibits the use of cellular phone while driving.
The Anti-Distracted Driving law prohibits drivers from using communication devices and other electronic gadgets including cellphones, Global Positioning System (GPS) and similar devices while driving. It also prohibits the placement of these gadgets on the windshield or area that will directly distract the line of sight of the driver.
“As per instructions by our director we still have to call for an orientation-seminar for enforcers,” Yuri Lim of LTO Davao Region in an interview said. LTO also has yet to input the penalties of the new law in LTO’s system.
Lim said that while the effectivity of the Anti-Distraction Law starts today, enforcement will take time. The first three months will focus on information dissemination, he said.
The law covers both public and private vehicles including “wheeled agricultural machineries, construction equipment, and other forms of conveyances such as bicycles, pedicabs, trolleys, “habal-habal”, “kuligligs”, wagons, carriages, and carts that may either be human-powered or pulled by an animal as long as the same are operated or driven in public thoroughfares, highways or streets.”
Among the prohibited acts made while driving include “making or receiving calls, writing, sending or reading text-based communications, playing games, watching movies, performing calculations, reading e-books, composing messages, and surfing or browsing the internet.” Lovely A. Carillo