We’re sure your wall was pretty much littered with friends, family, and colleagues sharing articles about the recent bill approved by Senate that penalizes drivers using their mobile devices. You’re probably already thinking about how to adjust your life, so you don’t have to worry about a rather hefty fine each time you go out for a drive — We know we’ve been thinking about it. If you haven’t read the articles posted on line regarding the Bill. Here are a few things to keep in mind to avoid getting caught.
1.) You can still be caught at a red light.
Yes, yes. We know that it’s relatively safe to use your mobile phone when the stoplights flash red, but how many times have we been distracted by a cat video only to be harshly honked at by the drivers behind you. With the congestion in the Metro Manila, every precious second counts to cross that intersection. It could also greatly reduce noise pollution levels.
2.) Invest in a Bluetooth Headset or Hands-Free Kits
You are still free to take calls as long as your hands are on the steering wheel, but we’re not entirely sure whether or not you can make outgoing calls. We’re also guessing that navigation apps like Waze should be safe to use so long as you, again, have your hands in the 10 and 2 position while driving. According to the article on TopGear, you’re free to use the speaker phone function and earphones with microphones, but we wouldn’t recommend using the latter all the time as it does make you less aware of your surroundings.
3.) Government Vehicles Are NOT Exempted from this Law
Yup. When the law is successfully passed and you see a vehicle with the red plate with the manong chatting away on his cellphone, take a pic, and publicly shame them like we did with all of those LTO officers and Policemen who ride around without helmets. Emergency Vehicles will be exempted from this law, but only if they are on duty.
There you have it. The Anti-Distracted Driving Act in a nutshell. We’re pretty sure that the President will sign off on the bill and officially make it a law. It may seem like an inconvenience that we can no longer use our mobile phones during daily drives, but it does make the road a tad safer. We also hope that the boys in blue, yellow, or whatever color your local TMO sports doesn’t abuse this to line their pockets.