The Senate approved on third and final reading a bill imposing heavy penalties on drivers driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs to lessen drug or alcohol-related vehicular accidents in the country.
Senate Bill No. 3365, otherwise known as the Anti-drunk and Drugged Driving Act of 2012, was sponsored by Senator Gregorio Honasan, chairman of the Committee on Public Order and Dangerous Drugs.
"This bill seeks to strengthen the Land Transportation Traffic Code of 1964 which, almost 50 years ago, was decreed to penalize drunk drivers with three months imprisonment," Honasan said in his sponsorship speech.
Under the proposed legislation, mandatory alcohol and drug testing will be required for drivers involved in accidents which resulted in injury or death.
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 or imprisonment ranging from 12 to 20 years.
Aside from the fine and corresponding jail time, violators with non-professional driver's license will have their license confiscated and suspended for 1 year for the first conviction while a second conviction will cost them the perpetual revocation of their license. For those who carry a professional driver's license, their license will be confiscated and perpetually revoked for the first conviction.
"Under the measure, vehicular mishaps caused by drivers found to be driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs shall not be treated merely as reckless imprudence," Honasan added.
The Senate version imposes stricter measures against intoxicated drivers than the earlier version passed by Congress.