MMDA personnel monitor Metro Manila’s national highway and streets via CCTV.
The Metropolitan Manila Develoment Authority (MMDA) will use hundreds of CCTV cameras when the Anti-distracted Driving Act is fully implemented.
MMDA chairman Emerson Carlos said, the law will be easily implemented in Metro Manila under the No-contact Apprehension policy
“We will implement the law in Metro Manila. We can use this law to apprehend violating drivers thru the No-contact Apprehension policy. It is much more easier than apprehension done in the road,” Carlos said.
MMDA said, arrested parties have no excuse when there is a video recording of their offense unlike arrests done by traffic enforcers.
MMDA admits that they don’t often get to arrest motorists who text while driving because it’s hard to prove.
“If we saw them using a device, we will call their attention and we will not see them holding their phones. The enforcer and the driver will fight. The driver will not admit it,” Carlos explained.
MMDA believes that many road accidents is associated with people using their phone while driving. But it is not recorded.
One of the provisions of the law is to prohibit the use of cellphones or any gadget even when a vehicle is at full stop on traffic lights.
P5,000 is the fine for the first offense. P10,000 for the second offense. P15,000 for the third offense plus suspension of license and P20,000 for the final offense plus cancellation of license.
After President Aquino signed the law, there will be a six month information campaign before the MMDA start issuing tickets to those who will be caught by the CCTV using their cellphone while driving.
(MON JOCSON/UNTV NEWS)