The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board in Northern Mindanao would assist the Land Transportation Office (LTO) in the implementation of Republic Act 10913 or the Anti-Distracted Driving Act, a senior transportation official said Friday.

Aminoden Guro, regional director of the LTFRB here, said that the Anti-Distracted Driving Act, took effect nationwide Thursday.

The law prohibits motorists from using communication devices and other electronic entertainment and computing gadgets while vehicles are in motion or temporarily stopped at a traffic light or at an intersection.

Guro said that the enforcement of the new law does not only fall to government agencies such as LTO and LTFRB but even to ordinary citizens as well.

Guro also encouraged the public to report, if possible take photos, to the authorities any violators or drivers seen texting or calling on their cellular phones.

Violations also include motorists who are playing games or watching movies while driving or using their devices for other purposes, he said.

According to Guro, drivers who are using a “bluetooth” or an ordinary headset in making calls, or during emergency situations, are exempt from the anti-distracted driving act.

Although road-related deaths due to texting or using the mobile phone are not that rampant, the law, he said, will surely help prevent any loss of life or property in the future.

Guro said the top causes of road deaths are speeding, drunk-driving and mechanical error. (JJJ/PNA)

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