Seminar muna: Manila traffic enforcers must know A to Z of anti-distracted driving law – Erap

Upon the orders of Manila Mayor Joseph “Erap” Estrada, members of Manila Traffic and Parking Bureau (MTPB) will undergo extensive seminar and training on the implementation of the Anti-Distracted Driving Act (ADDA).

Estrada said he wants all Manila traffic enforcers to become knowledgeable and competent enough to enforce the provisions of the new law.

“We’re requiring them to first undergo the seminar on ADDA before they start flagging down motorists for the violation,” Estrada said.

“We don’t want our men going around apprehending motorists if they don’t know the A to Z of this law,” he added.

The former president cited past incidents when traffic enforcers got into fights with motorists because of the confusion on the implementing rules and regulations of ADDA.

“If possible, everyone should be able to recite it even in their sleep,” he quipped as he underscored the importance of fully knowing the anti-distracted driving law.#

Under the law’s revised implementing rules and regulations, drivers are prohibited from using electronic devices and mobile phones, except when the hands-free functions have been enabled. Gadgets should alsobe placed only on the car’s dashboard as long as these do not exceed the four-inch height limit.

Among the prohibited acts under this law meant to make driving safer are: Holding the device to make or receive calls; composing, sending and reading text messages; performing calculations; playing games; watching videos, and browsing the internet.