It’s really doing more harm than good
A few days ago the government started implementation of RA 10913, or the Anti-distracted Driving Law. Since the law was put into effect, it has brought nothing but confusion to drivers because of the poorly-worded law, which brought about different interpretations on what constitutes line of sight and being distracted while driving on the road.
It’s no surprise then that a law maker is looking to stop the implementation of the law pending the clarification of the issue regarding the placement of smartphones in the immediate line of sight of the driver, as long as it’s not being actively used for texting, calling or anything else that will distract him/her while operating a motor vehicle.
In a message shared by James Deakin, Senator JV Ejercito is calling for the suspension of the enforcement of RA 10913, until all of the confusions are ironed out regarding the implementing rules and regulations.
“Cellphones when used for navigational purposes should be permitted to be placed within the line of sight of drivers. This aids them from steering clear of heavy traffic. Hence, it is counter-intuitive to place it somewhere hidden. Mas delikado pa yumuko! Every second that the driver’s eyes are on the road counts,” the senator said.
“We rarely hear of road accidents that result from the use of navigational apps. Definitely, texting and tinkering with a mobile phone while driving is a no-no. But when it is used as a navigational aid and it is properly placed, it should be okay,” he added.