Philippine Anti-Distracted Driver Act Suspended

Just one week after it came into force, the Anti-Distracted Driver Act, commonly known as ADDA, in the Philippines has been suspended by the Department of Transportation. According to reports being carried in various Philippine publications, the ADDA law has caused no end of confusion and anger from motorists there. Chat sites and blogs have been absolutely flooded with comments, suggestions and sometimes just downright rants, not to mention some pretty funny memes.

Apparently, the implementation of a law in the Philippines needs to be publicised via a nationwide information campaign for a period of about six months, and thus the Department of Transportation will not implement the law until this has happened:

To respond to the call of both Houses of Congress to defer the implementation of ADDA, the Department of Transportation, Land Transportation Office (LTO), Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB), Metro Manila Development Authority, and the PNP Highway Patrol Group take heed to the Congress, being the authors of the law, to defer the enforcement of Republic Act 10913 or the Anti-Distracted Driving Act,” the DOTr said in a statement on Tuesday, May 23.” 

Citation and image source: Rappler Blog

So, for now, drivers in the Philippines are free to go about their driving with as much paraphernalia adorning their windshields as they desire, with complete impunity from the law. Guys, common sense alone would tell you that you DO NOT obstruct your vision whilst driving – there is no need for a law to tell us this. Then again, why do we call it common sense when it doesn’t seem to be that common?

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