WHAT IS Republic Act 10913 or ANTI DISTRACTED DRIVING ACT?
Are you texting or calling while driving? Are you eating while driving? How about reading? Or doing things while driving? Well you should stop that, Man!
In a nutshell , drivers (including pedicabs, bicycles, kuliglig, tractors…) cannot use mobile communications device to write, send or read a text based communication or to make and receive calls and using an electronic equipment or computing device to play games, watch movies, surf the internet, compose messages, read e-books, perform calculations and other similar acts while driving or temporarily stopped at a red light.
The operation of a communication device can be used provided it is hands-free (speakerphones, earphones etc.). Any placement of hands free communication device should not interfere with the line of sight of the driver.
Owners and/ or operators of public utility vehicles, service vehicles (transport services, taxis and the like) and delivery vehicles (trucks, vans …) may also be penalized unless they can provide evidence that she/he has exercised extraordinary diligence is the selection and supervision of drivers in general and the offending driver in particular.
Drivers using the phone for emergency purposes including but not limited to calls to law enforcement agency, health care providers , fire department or any other emergency service agencies.
A driver operating emergency vehicles such as ambulance, fire truck or other vehicles providing assistance, in the course or scope of his/her duties.
REMEMBER : NEGLIGENCE OF THE LAW DOES NOT EXEMPT YOU FROM THE VIOLATION