Wednesday, June 5, 2013

DRIVING UNDER THE INFLUENCE OF ALCOHOL IS NOW A CRIME IN THE PHILIPPINES


Driving under the influence of alcohol is now a crime in the Philippines.

This was after President Benigno S. Aquino III signed into law Republic Act No. 10586 (RA 10586), otherwise known as the “Anti-Drunk and Drugged Driving Act of 2013.”

RA 10586 defines “driving under the influence of alcohol” as the act of operating a motor vehicle while the driver’s blood alcohol concentration level has, after being subjected to a breath analyzer test, reached the level of intoxication, as established jointly by the Department of Health, the National Police Commission and the Department of Transportation and Communications.

It also defines “alcohol” as alcoholic beverages classified into beer, wine and distilled spirits, the consumption of which produces intoxication.

RA 10586 imposes on the offender the penalties of imprisonment, payment of a fine, confiscation, suspension and even perpetual revocation of his driver’s license upon conviction.