Stiff penalty for violators of drunk, drugged driving law PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 07 June 2013 11:04

The Land Transportation Office (LTO) convened last Monday a team of transportation regulation experts who will draft the Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR)  of Republic Act 10586 otherwise known as the Anti-Drunk and Drugged Driving Act of 2013.

The LTO team will join other teams from the Department of Health (DOH) and  the National Police Commission (NaPolCom) in drafting and consolidating their respective views and opinion which will serve as the IRR  in the implementation of RA 10586.

Transportation and Communications (DOTC) and LTO Chief Asec. Virginia P Torres identified the members of the LTO team that will draft the IRR as LTO Regional Directors  Atty Noreen Bernadette San Luis-Lutey, Region 5:  Dennis Singzon, Region 6: Atty Aminola Abaton, Region 9: Atty  Gomer Dy,  Region 11: and Putiwas Malambut, Region 12.

Asec Torres has initially met the five LTO directors last Monday and discussed with them their respective roles in the formulation of the  IRR for RA 10586.

In a separate interview, Atty Abaton said their work in drafting the IRR is very crucial since it will serve as the basis for the  judicial branch of government in rendering  penalties to vehicle drivers who  will violate the  provisions of the  Act.

Abaton said Article 5 of the Act states that “it is unlawful for any person to drive a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol, dangerous drug and other similar substance.”

The new penalties for drivers  under RA 10586 carries a very stiff penalty, such as fine ranging from P20,000 to P500,000 depending on the gravity of the  offence or traffic violation.

He explained that for non-professional drivers who  will be found violating the act, their license will be confiscated and  they will be suspended from driving for 12 months, for the first offense and  revocation of their license for second offense.

Holders of a professional driver’s license, if found to have violated the act, their license will be confiscated and perpetually revoke.

The perpetual revocation of  their driver’s license will disqualify the person from being granted any kind of driver’s license in the future, Abaton said.

The owner or operator of the vehicle driven by the offender will also  be principally held liable together with his driver for the fine  which is ranging from P20,000 to P500,000. unless the operator will be able to convince that he had exercise extraordinary diligence in the selection of his driver for the vehicle. — Nonoy E. Lacson