Cases of drunk drivers up, LTO says
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Cases of drunk drivers up, LTO says

Sep 12, 2022, 8:44 AM
Kaithe Santos

Kaithe Santos

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The Land Transportation Office recorded high cases of road accidents in 8 months.

The Land Transportation Office (LTO) Law Enforcement Service-Anti-Drunk and Drugged Driving Enforcement Unit responded to about 402 road crash incidents, where 353 of the drivers involved tested positive for alcohol intoxication, leading to 15 deaths and 232 physical injuries from the month of January to August 2022.

The drivers' licenses of individuals responsible for these accidents on the road were placed under alarm with 90 days' suspension pending the issuance of an LTO resolution that would impose administrative sanctions and corresponding penalties, the Manila Times reported.

Under Republic Act 10856 or the Anti-Drunk and Drugged Driving Act of 2013 and its Implementing Rules and Regulations, a driver should have no more than 0.05 percent of alcohol in his body while driving to avoid charges of drunk driving. For drivers of trucks, buses, motorcycles, and public utility vehicles, having more than 0.0 percent of alcohol is undeniable proof that the driver is driving under the influence of alcohol.

Drivers driving under the influence of alcohol or illegal drugs should be subject to civil and administrative sanctions and penalties so as not to repeat such violation.

Under Section 5 of RA 10856, it is unlawful for any person to drive a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol, dangerous drugs, and or/other similar substances. Section 7, on the other hand, states the mandatory conduct of alcohol and chemical testing, including drug screening tests and if necessary, a drug confirmatory test, of drivers involved in motor vehicular accidents, especially if the accident caused the loss of human life or physical injuries.

The Quezon City police recently detained and arrested a male motorist who was allegedly driving while drunk. His reckless driving resulted in property damage and physical injury. The driver's alarming alcohol level of 0.338 percent was discovered after testing using an alcohol breath analyzer, the LTO said.

Tags: #LTO, #RA10856


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