Implementing RA 10586
Published by the Visayan Daily Star Publications, Inc.
|NINFA R. LEONARDIA|
Editor-in-Chief & President
NIDA A. BUENAFE
MAJA P. DELY
ANTONIO L. LEONARDIA|
The Land Transportation Office is preparing to implement Republic Act 10586, or the Anti-Drunk and Drugged Act of 2013 that was signed into law by President Aquino on May 27. LTO Regional Director Dennis Singson said that their Central Office has announced that it will start implementing RA 10586 on September 21, but it will take time before it is fully implemented, since they will still train the police and traffic enforcers on the use of such gadgets as the breath analyzer machines, how to conduct sobriety tests, and other protocols in apprehending violators of the new law.
The penalties for those caught driving under the influence of alcohol, dangerous drugs and other similar substances (DUI) under the new law range from three months imprisonment and a fine of P20,000 to perpetual revocation of the driver’s license, a fine of P500,000, and a longer prison term. This is definitely an upgrade from the old penalties that amounted to nothing more than a slap on the wrist for these brand of drivers that make our roads much more dangerous for everyone else who may be on it.
September 21 is just a few days away, and if the LTO is going to be implementing RA 10586, then where is the IRR that will establish the legal Blood Alcohol Concentration ceiling that will determine when a drunk driver is legally drunk? If the law was signed on May 27 and is to be implemented in a few days, then why is the training for the police officers and the traffic enforcers still to be done? Are breath analyzer units actually on the way here? If so, how many units are coming for the entire island? Are the safeguards against abuse and extortion rackets by irresponsible lawmen in place? Has a mechanism for grievances and disputes been established?
Are the LTO and the proper authorities really ready to implement this law or will this be treated in the same way as the bungled license plate standardization that was supposed to have been implemented early this month but continues to be a question mark without a definite timetable until now? Are the LTO, the police, and our government truly capable and serious and about implementing RA 10586?
We shall see in a few days.*