If you think you can get away with drinking under the influence of alcohol or drugs, think again.
Republic Act No. 10586 or the Anti-Drunk and Drugged Driving Act of 2013, takes effect June 1, in time for the observance of Road Safety Month in June.
The new law imposes a set of rules as well as corresponding punishments for violations to ensure responsible driving and public safety.
It was enacted amid a spate of road mishaps in Metro Manila as well as in highways in the provinces, many of them involving drunk or drugged drivers.
Here are things you need to know about the new law:
A deputized law enforcement officer can only flag down a vehicle and ask a driver to undergo a sobriety test if there is a traffic offense.
If there is enough evidence to show that the driver is under the influence, they will be given a field sobriety test and an alcohol breath analyser test.
The test will be conducted to assess and determine the driver’s intoxication, and it will consist of a horizontal eye test, a walk-and turn test, and a one-leg stand.
Only when the driver fails the sobriety test will they be required to undergo a breathalyzer test to analyze their blood alcohol level.
Drivers of public utility vehicles must have a blood alcohol level of 0.0 percent, while regular drivers must have a concentration level below 0.05 percent.
Those who passed the test will only be sanctioned for their traffic offense, whereas those who failed will be arrested and have their vehicles impounded.
Violators will be penalized with a fine of P20,000 to P500,000; or a minimum of 3 months to a maximum of 20 years imprisonment.
A non-professional license holder will be given a 12-month suspension for the first offense, and permanent revocation for the second offense. A professional license holder will be subject to permanent revocation on their first offence.