FHM Nation, tell your weekend drinking dabarkads to watch out for the po-po, because DUI charges are now applicable in the PH!
After spending more than a year in review, the Senate recently passed Senate Bill No. 3365, also known as the Anti-Drunk and Drugged Driving Act of 2012. Sponsored by Senator Gringo Honasan, who also serves as the chairman of the Committee on Public Order and Dangerous Drugs, said law now dictates that motorists who will be caught driving under the influence of drugs and alcohol are bound to face some serious jail time. Why only now? Your guess is as good as ours.
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Co-authored by senators Tito Sotto, Jinggoy Estrada, Antonio Trillanes, Lito Lapid, Manny Villar, Loren Legarda, Miriam Defensor Santiago, Bongbong Marcos, Pia Cayetano, and Bong Revilla Jr., the Anti-drunk and Drugged Driving Act requires a suspected drunk driver to take a field sobriety test, followed by a breath analyzer test to see if the person is legally drunk. If believed to be drugged however, that person will be taken to a police station for drug testing.
According to the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB), almost 2,600 out of 86,602 vehicular accidents recorded last year were alcohol or drug-related, prompting Honasan to apply for a bill.
“It is not clear how the figures have been arrived at,” says the senator. “But with the lack of equipment and proper training used to check drunk driving, it is not farfetched to assume that the incidences generally attributed to the driver’s error may be traced to other factors like the use of drugs and alcohol.”
Now, if the possibility of hurting other people won't deter you from drinking and shooting up before driving, we think the list of penalties this new law mandates will get you sobering up...
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