77 arrests on day one of Anti-Distracted Driving Law


MANILA — On the first day of implementation of the Anti-Distracted Driving Law, the agency observed that there were still some drivers who used their cellphones and gadgets while driving.

Through the use of MMDA CCTV cameras in their traffic base, the agency monitored 81 violators who were motorcycle drivers;
25 private car owners;
7 truck drivers;
5 public utility vehicles and 1 UV Express driver.

Motorists who have televisions or monitors placed on their windshields or dash board areas were also apprehended.

DOTR explained that apart from cellphones and gagdets, television or monitors are also prohibited under the law when they block the driver’s view.

But if it is for the benefit of the passengers it is allowed by the law.

“The prohibited zone is windshield and top of the dashboard. Ang usual feature ng ating mga kotse, merong TV screen or monitor. Sa central console, nandun ang aircon, audio system ng kotse.  Hindi po yun covered kasi hindi naman line of vision na yun,” ASEC. Leah Quiambao, Legal Division, DOTR said.

(The prohibited zone is windshield and top of the dashboard. The usual feature of our cars include TV screen or monitor. On the central console is the aircon and audio system of the car. It is not covered because it’s not in the line of vision.)

DOTR also emphasizes the importance of implementing the new traffic law.

“Kung babalansehin natin yung sinasabi nilang hassle saka yung safety ng riding public alam naman natin alin yung mas matimbang eh.  Kapag nagda-drive ka ng motor vehicle in our public streets hindi lang kaligtasan mo ang hawak mo, kundi kaligatasan ng pasahero mo at kaligtasan ng mga tao sa kalsada,” DOTR ASEC. for Legal Division Leah Quiambao said.

(If we are to weigh between the “hassle” and the safety of the riding public, it’s obvious which one weighs more. When you’re driving on the streets, you are not only responsible for your own safety but for the safety of your passengers and pedestrians as well.)

Meanwhile the Transportation Department is planning to amend some provisions of the law, to address the loopholes, such as the kind of vehicles as well as those without license plates. – Joan Nano | UNTV News and Rescue


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