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DOTr enlists LGUs on implementation of Anti-Distracted Driving Act

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The Department of Transportation will be enlisting the help of local government units for an effective implementation of the Anti-Distracted Driving Act.

According to DOTr Asec. Mark De Leon, aside from the Land Transportation Office, Highway Patrol Group, Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board, LGU enforcers will also help in implementing the said law in secondary roads.

Atty. Clarence Guinto, LTO Director, said that their agency will be providing two updates to media on the first day of the law’s implementation.

In line with this, LTO enforcers will not be issuing tickets against motorists on the first day of the implementation of the Anti-Distracted Driving Act.

Guinto said that the 19 teams of 112 personnels from the LTO will just be doing an information campaign.

There are more than a hundred motorists who were caught using the cellphones and gadgets while driving today.  But they weren’t issued tickets but were scolded and informed that the said law has been implemented already.

A motorist will have to pay Php5,000 on his first offense.

Guinto added that it is the discretion of the unit commanders of the LTO if they will issue tickets against those caught violating the said law, but since the operation started, he has yet to receive information that someone got a ticket already.

The LTO official said that though it is stated in the probation of the Implementing Rules and Regulations of the DOTr that the info campaign will last for three months, traffic enforcers are allowed to issue tickets already, if needed.

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