MMDA catches 127 ‘distracted’ drivers as new law takes effect

  • The first day of the law’s implementation yielded 127 violators.
  • MMDA started using its “no contact apprehension policy” in running after the violators using closed circuit television (CCTV) cameras.
  • Violators were spotted from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. during monitoring at the MMDA’s base in Makati City.

You’ve been warned, put those smartphones down!

For motorists who are not yet aware of the Anti-distracted Driving Law or Republic Act 10913, it is best to be informed and educated about the new law to avoid apprehension and pay fines as street cameras are installed in the metropolis to catch ‘distracted’ drivers.

In a Philippine Star report, it stated that the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) caught 127 motorists who were using mobile phones and other gadgets while driving during the first day of the law’s implementation on May 18, Thursday.

MMDA, the agency tasked to implement the law reported that five public utility bus drivers were spotted using cellular phones while driving on parts of EDSA, as were 25 drivers of private vehicles, 89 motorcyclists, seven truckers and one UV Express driver.

The violators were spotted from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. during monitoring at the MMDA’s base in Makati City.

MMDA started using its “no contact apprehension policy” in running after the violators using closed circuit television (CCTV) cameras and erring motorists will be notified of their violations after.

Under the law, drivers may not use electronic mobile devices while the vehicle is in motion. The prohibited acts include making or receiving calls, sending or reading text messages, playing games, watching movies and surfing the internet.

MMDA spokesperson Celine Pialago noted that most of the violations on the first day of the law’s implementation involved drivers who were caught texting.

Violators will be given seven days from receipt of notice to either pay their fines or to contest the violation with the MMDA’s traffic adjudication.

The first offense carries a penalty of P5,000. The second violation will be fined P10,000, while the third offense will be slapped with a P15,000 fine plus three months suspension of driver’s license.

 

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