March 7, 2015

Republic Act 10586: Anti-Drunk/Drugged Driving Act

On my way to Tarlac last Thursday, there's a heavy traffic approaching Angeles Exit. This scenario is unusual unless there is an on-going road repair or an accident. On the site, a delivery truck that completely turned was trying to put in place by a crane.

What are the common reasons for such road mishaps here in our country?

Topping the list is DRUNK DRIVING followed by over speeding, mechanical malfunctions, lost brakes, overtaking, abrupt maneuvers, and bad turns and reverse. (

Since Drunk Driving is the most common reason for road accidents, the government has released the Republic Act 10586 or know as Anti-Drunk/Drugged Driving Act. The main goal of this act is to protect the motoring public and ensure safety of the pedestrians. Penalties are also made steeper like 3 months to 20 year in prison, fine of 20,000 to 500,000 pesos, and a suspension or permanent revocation of driver's license.

Here is an inforgraphic on what you should know about the said act.

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Despite this act and its penalties, I still hear high numbers of drunk-driving related accidents. In my opinion, it needs awareness and campaigns like billboards, flyers and infomercials. Some ads like the Top 10 Most Chilling Anti-Drinking and Driving Acts released by DUI Lawyers of New York can be a great help to reduce or possibly eliminate drunk driving road accidents.

Do you have any idea on how to disseminate the said act?