[ Courtesy of //politics.com.ph ]
The Senate approved on third and final reading today a Senate bill, which prohibits use of cellular phones and other mobile communications device while driving a motor vehicle.
Sen. Jinggoy Ejercito Estrada, principal author of Senate Bill 3211, says there is a need to regulate usage of electronic devices among drivers, impose discipline among motorists, and proscribe distracted driving in order to promote road safety.
The chamber’s passage of the bill coincides with the observance of the Land Transportation Safety and Accident Prevention Month this May in accordance with Presidential Proclamation 115-A (1966).
The legislative proposal declares the following acts in a moving vehicle, whether diplomatic, public or private, as unlawful: 1) use of mobile communications device, including cellular phones, wireless telephones, two-way radio transceivers, pagers, among others, to write, send, or read a text-based communication or to make or receive calls; and 2) using an electronic entertainment or computing device, including laptop computers, tablets, video game consoles, among others, to play games, watch movies, surf the internet, compose messages, read e-books, perform calculations and other similar acts.
Whoever violates these provisions shall be penalized with a fine of 5,000 pesos for the first offense, a fine of 10,000 pesos for the second offense, and a fine of 15,000 pesos and a three-month suspension of the driver’s license for the third offence.