The effectivity of Anti-Distracted Driving Act that prohibits drivers from using communication devices hogged the headlines yesterday. Prior the law’s effectivity, was a blow by blow information drive of the law by directly concerned agencies especially the Land Transportation Office (LTO) to ensure that the public will be aware and be prepared. As the lead implementor of the law, LTO and other directly concerned agencies like traffic enforcers presumably are part in the crafting of the law in relation to consultation, research, discussions prior its passage. Thus, the department is well-versed of the law’s underlying provisions and policies.
While the law’s implementation starts in other parts of the country, not in Davao Region because according to LTO 11, enforcers have yet to undergo an orientation seminar. An official of LTO 11 even said the enforcement of the law will take time considering the first three months will be more of information dissemination. This goes to show, LTO and traffic enforcers are not ready about this new law. If they are not ready, how much more for the motorists? Is it not the responsibility of the LTO and the enforcers to have exerted effort in undergoing a pre-orientation about the law while it was nearing its enactment into law so they would be ready when it’s finally passed?
This law is very important and urgent given the increasing number of vehicular accidents due to negligence and recklessness of drivers. Just recently, a driver of an MRT in Manila was using a headset when he fatally hit a woman crossing the road. That was one of the numerous previous incidents involving drivers using communication gadgets who got into road mishaps. LTO 11 and the enforcers should expedite their familiarization of the law to have it implemented immediately. Accidents do not wait, they happen in seconds. The public will learn in the course of the implementation of the law. LTO should not drag its implementation.