Yesterday July 5 marked the 15th day since the publication of the implementing rules and regulations of the Anti-Distracted Driving Act (ADDA) and today, the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) will begin its strict implementation.

Aside from properly trained traffic enforcers, the agency will also utilize more than 300 high-definition closed circuit television (CCTV) cameras installed all over Metro Manila to capture drivers in the act of using or holding their devices while behind the wheel of their vehicle.

If on-site apprehension is not possible, the MMDA will also use their no-contact policy versus motorists.

First-time offenders will receive a fine of Php 5,000, the second offense Php 10,000, the third carries a Php 15,000 penalty and driver’s license suspension for three months, while a fourth offense will incur a Php 20,000 fine and revocation of the driver’s license.

Public utility vehicle drivers will receive a much higher penalty including Php 30,000 fine and driver’s license suspension for three months when caught violating the ADDA within a 50-meter radius of a school.

The ADDA covers all motorists including drivers of motorcycles, trucks, cargo haulers carrying hazardous or flammable materials, cyclists, pedicabs, 'kuligligs' and animal or human-powered vehicles.