Anti-Distracted Driving Law’s new IRR to take effect July 6

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The new Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR) of the Anti-Distracted Driving Law are set to take effect on July 6 after 15 days of publication starting June 21, Wednesday.

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Under the new IRR, use of mobile communication devices will be allowed if it is aided by a device such as, but not limited to, speakerphone, earphones and microphone.

Use of electronic entertainment or computing device to play games, watch movies, surf the Internet, compose messages, read e-books, perform calculation and other similar acts will be considered a violation.

This rule applies while driving or the vehicle whether diplomatic, public or private is in a momentary stop at an intersection.

Also under the IRR, holding gadgets while driving will be deemed as a violation, which will be penalized P5,000 for the first offense, P10,000 for the second offense, P15,000 and suspension of driver’s license for three months for third offense and P20,000 and revocation of driver’s license for the fourth and succeeding offenses.

Emergency phone calls in cases of immediate health care assistance or reporting to a law enforcement agency a crime, accident, natural calamity, bomb threat or terrorist action, animal activism and infrastructure failure are exempted.

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