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DOTC's rules on DUI

The Department of Transportation and Communications on Friday released the Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR) of Republic Act 10586, or the Anti-Drunk and Drugged Driving Act, which penalizes drivers who are caught driving under the influence of alcohol or illegal substances.

"This will permit law enforcers to begin implementing the safety measures imposed by RA 10586. Among other things, it limits the allowable blood alcohol level to below 0.05 percent for most drivers.

"In the case of drivers of buses and other public utility vehicles, however, they cannot have any amount of alcohol in their blood at all, since people’s lives are in their hands,"DOTC Secretary Jun Abaya said.

The IRR was drafted jointly by the DOTC, the National Police Commission through its chairman, Department of Interior and Local Government Secretary Mar Roxas, and Department of Health Secretary Enrique Ona.

Under the IRR, an apprehended driver who is suspected of driving under the influence of alcohol will be subjected to the three field sobriety tests:

- The Eye Test or "horizontal gaze nystagmus", which requires the driver to follow with his gaze an object that the law enforcer moves horizontally, around one foot away from the driver's face

- The Walk-and-Turn Test, which requires the driver to walk nine steps forward in a straight line, turn, then walk back the same distance without difficulty; and

- The One-Leg Stand, which requires the driver to stand on one leg and raise the other around six inches from the ground for about sixty seconds.

If the driver passes the tests, he will be apprehended for his traffic violation only, and not for a violation of RA 10586.

In case, however, that the driver fails any of the tests, he will then be subjected to an Alcohol Breath Analyzer (ABA) or "breathalyzer" Test.  An ABA refers to equipment which can determine the blood alcohol level of a person through the testing of his breath.

A driver who is found to have a higher blood alcohol level than the prescribed limits above will be put under arrest and his vehicle impounded. Otherwise, if he is found to be within allowed limits, he will be apprehended for his traffic violation only.

In instances wherein a law enforcer has reasonable grounds to believe that the driver is under the influence of dangerous drugs or other substances, the driver shall be brought to the nearest police station, where he will be subjected to a drug screening test.

The penalties for violations of RA 10586 range from a minimum of a three-month imprisonment plus a P20,000 fine, to a maximum of a 20-year imprisonment plus a P 500,000 fine.

The sanctions will also entail a 12-month suspension of a non-professional richard mille replica watches driver’s license for the first offense, and perpetual revocation for a second offense. For professional driver’s licenses, the first offense alone will result in perpetual revocation.

The IRR provides for mandatory alcohol and drug testing of drivers involved in motor vehicle accidents which result in death or physical injuries. It also mandates the Land Transportation Office to conduct random testing of public utility drivers at transport terminals nationwide.

The measure will take effect on June 1.




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