The intention behind Republic Act 10913 or the Anti-Distracted Driving Act could also be to maintain drivers’ eyes on the street, however its textual content and implementing guidelines and laws raises extra questions as a substitute of offering steerage, University of the Philippines professor Victor Avecilla stated.
In his June 10 column for the Manila Standard, Avecilla, a professor on the UP College of Mass Communication, questioned the regulation’s premise that drivers won’t be distracted if they’re utilizing their cellphones hands-free.
More than holding the gadget, Avecilla stated it is the dialog that retains a driver’s consideration off the street.
“Obviously, it’s the conversation, because the conversation requires the driver to pay attention to the person he is talking to and, often, to answer questions, while he is supposed to be paying attention to the road. That’s why the law calls it “distracted driving” and never “driving while using the mobile phone,” he stated.
The professor additionally finds problematic the regulation’s provision banning the usage of cellphones even when a automobile is caught in a visitors jam.
“The ideal time to take those important text messages is precisely when the vehicle is stationary at an intersection or in a traffic jam. There is simply no way one’s driving can be distracted when the vehicle isn’t moving in the first place,” he stated.
Avecilla additionally questioned how visitors enforcers will apply the exception on utilizing cellphones on the street in circumstances of emergency if it doesn’t contain a medical situation or a street incident.
What if a driver leaves Makati and heads for Quezon City for an vital assembly, and whereas he is in transit the assembly is moved on the final minute to Taguig, or is canceled? Does that depend as an emergency? Who is to resolve grey areas?” he requested.
Even although the regulation’s IRR has been revised to make clear the place drivers can place their cellphones inside their autos, Avecilla believes RA 10913 “needs a total overhaul.”