Understanding The Anti-Distracted Driving Act (ADDA)

dreamAuthor: Atty. Paul Cornelius Castillo

Over the weekend, chances are you received a message -either through SMS, Viber, Facebook or other means- warning of a new law that seeks to curb distracted driving in the Philippines.

Reports state that The Anti-Distracted Driving Act (ADDA) lapsed into law last 21 July 2016, pursuant to the Constitutional provision that a bill presented to the President becomes law if not signed within thirty (30) days upon receipt. ADDA addresses a void in legislation, common place in the race between technology and regulation, where technology almost always outpaces legislation. ADDA serves to help avoid destruction caused by driver distraction.

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