August 20, 2017 | MANILA, PHILIPPINES

Anti-distracted driving, child safety on motorbike laws come into force today


BEGINNING THURSDAY, May 18, two key laws intended to improve road safety will come into force: Republic Act (RA) 10913 or the “Anti-Distracted Driving Act,” and RA 10666 or “An Act Providing for the Safety of Children Aboard Motorcycles.” RA 10913 bans the use of mobile electronic devices by drivers except if these allow hands-free operation and do not interfere with line-of-sight. This includes when the vehicle is stopped at a red light or has pulled over because of a traffic regulation. Exemptions to the rule are when a motorist uses a mobile phone for emergency purposes, or while operating a vehicle providing emergency assistance such as an ambulance or fire truck. The law also covers “wheeled agricultural machineries, construction equipment, and other forms of conveyances such as bicycles, pedicabs, trolleys, ‘habal-habal,’ ‘kuligligs,’ wagons, carriages, and carts that may either be human-powered or pulled by an animal, as long as the same are operated or driven in public thoroughfares, highways, or streets.” -- News5/InterAksyon.com

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