It appearas the LTO campaign against drink driving will be getting a boost from the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority. The MMDA will deputise 92 officers to assist in their campaign against cracking down on the crime in Manila.
The MMDA said the traffic officers will undergo training at the LTO for better understanding of Republic Act #10586 – the “Anti-Drunk and Drugged Driving Act of 2013.”
Previous records from MMDA show that numerous vehicular accidents happen between midnight and 6am and this is the period when drink driving is prevalent.
According to LTO, the breath analysers, calibrated by the Department of Health, will only be used if the driver fails any of the field sobriety tests.
In the tests, drivers must stand on one foot without falling, walk down a straight line, and follow a moving object using only their eyes.
Should drivers fail any of the field sobriety tests, they must blow into the breath analysers, which will then print out three copies of the results for the arresting officer, for the driver, and the third as official file.
LTO said non-professional drivers found with blood alcohol content (BAH) exceeding 0.05 percent will be penalised, while, for professional drivers the threshold is 0.01% (BAH).
Professional drivers found to be driving under the influence will have his driver’s licence suspended for a year.
A professional driver who is driving a public utility vehicle while intoxicated will have his licence revoked should it be proven that he is guilty of drunk driving.
Under the guidelines of Republic Act #10586 – drivers who injure another person while driving drunk must pay a fine of up to 80,000 peso, and face imprisonment for three months
Other terms of the the act include those who cause a fatality while driving drunk will face a maximum term of imprisonment of 20 years and/or be made to pay a fine of up to 500,000 pesos.