Anti-Distracted Driving Act takes effect July 6, 2017

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Starting July 6, law enforcers will be apprehending drivers who will use cellphones and other mobile gadgets while on the road as mandated Republic Act 10913 or the Anti-Distracted Driving Act (ADDA).

The ADDA stipulates that drivers of all types of public or private vehicles who will be caught texting or fiddling with their mobile phones and other entertainment devices while driving or even while stationary on the road will be sanctioned.

A driver is being apprehended by an officer of the Metro Manila Development Authority for being caught in mid-call while driving at EDSA Kamuning thus violating the Anti-Distracted Driving Law which was only implemented on Thursday (May 18).

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While the ADDA allows the use of mobile devices for navigation, transport officials reminded that drivers should use its hands-free function.

Earphones and speakers should be used when taking important calls.

Gadgets are also allowed on top of the dashboard provided that it should not exceed the four-inch height limit.

Mobile devices on motorcycles, on the other hand, will not be allowed anywhere in the driver’s line of sight.

The ADDA was first implement on May 18 but was suspended five days later after it caused a public’s uproar due to its confusing implementing rules and regulations (IRR).

The Department of Transportation (DOTr) released the revised IRR last June 21.

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Enforcers from the Land Transportation Office (LTO), Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB), as well as the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) and the Philippine National Police – Highway Patrol Group (PNP – HPG) are mandated and authorized  to apprehend violators.

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