PNoy Signs Philippine 'DUI Law' (RA 10586) Penalizing Drunk Driving
Publish Date: Thursday, May 30, 2013 | 3:41 PM
Finally, a more comprehensive law against drunk driving in the Philippines! Earlier today, President Noynoy Aquino signed Republic Act 10586 or the 'DUI Law.'
With so many drivers under the influence of alcohol or dangerous drugs getting away scot free for many years now, it's about time the government goes after these people who have been endangering lives not only their own but others' as well.
RA 10586 gives law enforcement officials the authority to conduct sobriety and breath alcohol tests on drivers. Moreover, the DUI law also provides for mandatory testing on those involved in vehicular accidents to check if they were driving under the influence of alcohol or dangerous drugs.
The law also provides that refusal to undergo tests is a crime and shall be penalized accordingly.
Law enforcement officers tasked to implement RA 10586 include police officers of the Philippine National Police (PNP) sand those that the Land Transportation Office (LTO) may deputize, including traffic enforcers of the Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) and those of cities and municipalities.
Penalties range from three months imprisonment and a fine of P20,000 to perpetual revocation of the driver's license, a fine of P500,000 and a longer prison term.
In cases where the driver of the vehicle is different from its owner, as in the case of public utility vehicles, both will 'be directly and principally held liable together with the offender.' For this purpose, the LTO has been tasked to conduct random testing at depots and stations of PUVs.
Read more about RA 10586 or the Philippines' DUI law here.
The DUI Law looks good on paper but what is more important is its implementation. Do we finally have the tool to stop drunk driving or have we just handed crooked law enforcement officers a better tool for bigger kotongs? Adobo Talk PH
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