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Drivers Can 'Only Drive' When This Bill Becomes A Law

Hide your cellphones!
by Andrei Medina | May 31, 2016
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The Senate has passed on its third and final reading, a bill that prohibits and penalizes the act of "distracted driving."

Senator Sergio Osmeña III said Senate Bill 3211 or the Anti-Distracted Driving Act aims to protect the public from road accidents, BusinessWorld reported.

"While the State recognizes the vital roles of information and communications technology in nation-building, the State also takes cognizance of the inimical consequences of the unrestrained use of electronic mobile devices on road safety as to cause its regulation," the bill stated.

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Distracted driving is defined in Section 4 of the bill as using any mobile device or electronic gadget in the following acts while driving:
- texting (reading, writing and sending text messages)
- making or receiving calls
- playing games
- watching movies
- surfing the net
- reading e-books
- other similar acts

It also states that drivers cannot engage in these acts even when their vehicle is in full stop due to a red light.


However, people experiencing emergencies including those calling police, medical or fire personnel and other relative services are exempted from the bill.

If it becomes a law, the bill will command a fine of P15,000 and can end up with the violator's license getting suspended.


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