Rules on anti-drunk and drugged driving law still in the works — LTO

The Skyway car crash last week highlighted the need to fast track the rules on a recently passed law against those who drive under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

The

Anti-Drunk and Drugged Driving Act of 2013 cannot be implemented yet because the Land Transportation Office still needs to approve the implementing rules and regulations, the LTO spokesman said Wednesday.

LTO spokesman Jason Salvador said the agency is expediting the publishing of the IRR, of which a draft is the subject of a public information campaign.

“We have already finished the draft of the IRR for RA 10586, and we are just awaiting approval. Right now, we are in the process of doing public information,” Salvador told GMA News Online.

He said the draft IRR is being presented to stakeholders — transport groups, car manufacturers, law enforcers, among others — in key Philippine cities until Friday.

“We are hoping to publish it soon,” Salvador said.

Last week's car crash on the Skyway has put the spotlight on the need to expedite rules governing a recently passed law against drunk driving.

According to Top Gear Philippines online, justice may be slow in coming to the victim, Joselino Luna, because the new law has no IRR yet.

Top Gear Philippines is the local counterpart of Britain's Top Gear motoring magazine and is run by the Gokongwei's Summit Media Group.

“If you haven't seen the video of the accident, Luna was in the passing lane of the northbound Skyway when a car appeared speeding from the opposite direction. The driver, according to Luna, was visibly 'wasted,'” read Top Gear's news article

Tuesday.

If RA 10586 were enforceable at the time of the accident, the suspect would have been slapped with fines of up to P80,000, three months jail time and

his driver's license suspened for

a year.

Under Metro Manila's current

traffic rules, the driver of the car that struck Luna's vehicle can be charged only with “Driving Against Traffic” and “Driving Under the Influence of Liquor and/or Drugs.”

The first violation carries a P2,000 fine and a three-month suspension of the driver's license, while the second has a fine of P2,000.

— ELR/VS, GMA News

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