Solon calls for full force campaign vs DUI driving

July 12, 2023 Jester P. Manalastas 275 views

A neophyte solon is proposing more officers from the Philippine National Police (PNP), the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) and the local government units (LGUs) to be deputized in enforcing the law against driving under the influence of alcohol or dangerous drugs.

Bicol Saro Party-list Representative Brian Raymund Yamsuan said the number of personnel from the Land Transportation Office (LTO) remains insufficient in implementing Republic Act (RA) 10586 or the Anti-Drunk and Drugged Driving Act, which makes the law ineffective in minimizing road crashes and other accidents.

Amending RA 10586 to make it mandatory for the LTO to deputize selected officers of the PNP, the MMDA and the LGUs in enforcing this law’s provisions will help ensure road safety and help educate drivers on the perils of drinking under the influence of alcohol and drugs.

The proposed amendment is provided under House Bill (HB) 7968 filed by Yamsuan.

The bill, which has been referred to the House committee on transportation, aims to integrate road safety and drivers’ education into the K-to-12 curriculum to help instill in the early stages of a child’s development the value of exercising extreme caution on the road and warn against the devastating effects of drunk or drugged driving.

“One life lost to drunk or drugged driving is one too many. The number of deaths from drunk or drugged driving-related accidents could have been minimized, if not totally prevented, had we more officers on the streets to conduct roadside operations. especially during the holidays when cases of driving under the influence significantly increase,” Yamsuan said.

He underscored the need for the LTO and its deputized agencies to procure enough sobriety and drug test kits to effectively enforce the Anti-Drunk and Drugged Driving Act.

The solon said there were cases reported when drivers who were obviously drunk were let go instead of being charged outright for violating the anti-drunk and drugged driving law simply because there was no testing equipment available for the apprehending officers to use.

“The reason the law was enacted was to ensure that drunk and drugged drivers do not get to harm others when they take the wheel. What we need is express action when it comes to apprehending them. Our law enforcers need to have the proper equipment necessary to do their job right and quickly get these irresponsible drivers off the streets,” Yamsuan added.