Heavy penalties to be imposed with Anti Drunk or Drugged Driving Act of 2013
To protect the public's safety on the road, President Benigno S. Aquino III signed into law Republic Act 10586 or the Act Penalizing Persons Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol, Dangerous Drugs, and Other Similar Substances. Known more commonly as the 'Anti Drunk or Drugged Driving Act of 2013', empowers law enforcement agencies to conduct field sobriety, chemical, and confirmatory tests on suspected drunk or drugged drivers.
Law enforcers will undergo training for the implementation of the new policy and concerned government agencies will be purchasing equipment for the implementation of the law.
A law enforcer, suspecting a driver to be driving under the influence may pull him over and could ask to undertake a sobriety test. Suspected individuals may be subjected to a breathalyzer to determine the alcoholic content in their system. Those involved in motor vehicle accidents will now be required to take alcohol and chemical testing, whether it resulted in death or in physical injuries.
Drivers caught driving under the influence (DUI) of alcohol or drugs will have the corresponding fines and penalties:
- DUI without causing any physical injury or homicide: P20,000 to P80,000 fine and imprisonment of three months.
- DUI resulting in physical injuries: P100,000 to P200,000 fine and imprisonment from three months to twelve years depending on the injury caused.
- DUI resulting in homicide: P300,000 to P500,000 fine and punishment based on Article 249 of the Revised Penal Code.
To protect the public from unscrupulous law enforcers who may take advantage of the implementation of the new law, Valte encouraged the public to report any abuse or wrongdoing by law enforcers.
Also under the new law, driver's education pertaining to safe driving including consequences on driving under the influence of substances will be a requirement to all getting licenses or renewing their licenses.
The Philippine Information Agency, the Land Transportation Office, and the local government units are mandated to conduct a nationwide information campaign for the effects and the parameters of the new law. It will take effect 15 days after publication either in the Official Gazette or in two newspapers of general circulation.