MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – Republic Act No. 10913 or the Anti-Distracted Driving Act officially took effect Thursday, May 18, about 10 months after it became law in July 2016.
The law defines “distracted driving” as using telecommunication or entertainment devices while in motion or when temporarily stopped at a red traffic light.
But for Senator Risa Hontiveros, the new law does not go far enough, saying that there are many other distractions that plague motorists. She is proposing amendments that would make driving in the Philippines much safer.
Hontiveros has revealed her amendments, as follows:
- Take down all advertising billboards along thoroughfares and streets all over the country, starting with Chowking, Dunkin’ Donuts, and all fashion ads featuring scantily-clad men and women.
- Eating Jollibee and McDonald’s burgers while driving will be strictly prohibited. Kentucky Fried Chicken may only be consumed by drivers if being fed to them by someone on the passenger side.
- Putting make-up while driving will also be outlawed.
- Car manufacturers will recall all vehicles to remove factory-installed video monitors.
- Only classical music will be allowed to be played on car stereos.
- Kissing will not be allowed while a motorist is driving or is stopped at a traffic light.
- Only lightly-tinted sunglasses may be used by drivers, and only if manufactured in the Philippines. Oakley and Ray-ban brands are specifically banned.
Both supporters and critics of Hontiveros say that this proposal is probably the first and only common-sense legislation she has thought of since being elected senator.