CALOOCAN City Mayor Oscar “Oca” Malapitan directed the head of the Department of Public Safety and Traffic Management (DPSTM) to implement the Anti-Distracted Driving Act that will prohibit all drivers in using gadgets like mobile phones and tablets while driving around the city.
DPSTM acting head Engr. Jay Bernardo said he already set a meeting with different transport groups in the city to inform them about the implementation of the new law as well as the Children’s Safety on Motorcycle Act that will prohibit small children from riding motorcycles.
Engr. Bernardo admitted that a lot of drivers, especially those driving UV Express along the roads in the city, were using cellular phones and radios while driving while countless irresponsible riders take their child for a ride on a motorcycle even their feet cannot even reach the motorcycle’s foot peg.
Bernardo said local traffic enforcers in the city were already deputized by the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) to implement traffic rules and regulation since they are using a unified tickets which are similar to the traffic citation tickets being used by the agency.
However, Bernardo believed that it will be more effective if the Sangguniang Panglungsod or the City Council will pass an ordinance similar to the new law in order to adopt it to the local level.
“Ikinonsulta ko na ito sa mga abogado at puwede naming ipatupad ito pero mas mabisa sana kung may ordinansa rin ang lungsod na kahalintulad nito,” Bernardo said.