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AVOID JAIL TERM | Don’t drink and drive, it’s as simple as that

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MANILA, Philippines — The Senate recently approved Senate Bill 3365 or the Anti-drunk and Drugged Driving Act of 2012 on third and final reading.

The said measure would impose penalties driving under the influence (DUI) of alcohol or drugs.

Under Senate Bill 3365, sponsored by Senate Public Order and Dangerous Drugs Committee chair Gregorio Honasan, those who are proven guilty but has not cause physical injury or homicide will face imprisonment of three months and pay a fine of P20,000-P80,000.

For accidents caused by DUI that resulted to physical injuries, violators could face jail term from three months to 12-years, and will pay a P100,000-P200,000 fine, depending on the injury caused by the DUI.

In addition, the non-professional driver’s license shall be confiscated and and will be suspended for a year. For the second offence, the license will be perpetually revoked.

For violators bearing professional driver’s license, their licenses shall be confiscated and perpetually revoked for the first conviction and would be disqualified from getting any kind of license thereafter.

In accidents that caused death by a DUI, however, violators shall be slapped with 12 years to 20 years in jail, and a fine from P300,000-P500,000.

Honasan said that there would mandatory alcohol and drug testing will be required for drivers involved in accidents which resulted in injury or death.

He explained that the measure, vehicular mishaps caused by drivers found to be driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs shall not be treated merely as reckless imprudence.

According to the senator — citing data released by the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) last year — 86,602 vehicular accidents recorded, three percent were drug or alcohol-related, while 55 percent were reportedly due to driver’s error.

The measure were authored by Senate Majority Floor Leader Vicente Sotto 3rd, Senate President Pro-Tempore Jinggoy Estrada and Senators Honasan, Antonio Trillanes, Lito Lapid, Manny Villar, Loren Legarda, Miriam Defensor Santiago, Ramon Revilla Jr., Pia Cayetano and Bongbong Marcos.