GMA Authored Bill Against Driving under the Influence of Alcohol

A press release by House of Representatives, March 28, 2011

The House of Representatives has approved on third and final reading a bill penalizing motorists who are driving under the influence of alcohol and illegal substances.

"While other countries have institutionalized their policy regarding driving under the influence of alcohol (DUIA), the Philippines has seemingly remained reserved and lenient in punishing drunk drivers," said Rep. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo (2nd District, Pampanga). 

Arroyo, author of the bill, said road accidents are often treated as a result of reckless imprudence and not viewed as irresponsible and deliberate acts - giving particular emphasis to drunk driving.

To be known as the "Driving under the Influence of Alcohol, Dangerous Drugs and Similar Substances Act of 2011," the bill will impose administrative sanctions and fines against violators.

Under the bill, violators face a fine of not more than P20,000 and one month suspension of their driver's licenses to revocation.

Rep. Emmeline Aglipay (Party-list, DIWA), another author of the bill, said the enactment of a new law specifically defining and targeting drunk driving in sufficient detail will allow law enforcement officers to identify and apprehend violators.

Aglipay cited the lack of a legal structure as one of the reasons drunk driving continues to go unreported and unrecognized.

Rep. Romeo Acop (2nd District, Antipolo City), also a co-author, said a law on drunk driving is needed to address the problem.

Acop said stricter penalties and methodical laws should be implemented in order to curb this underrated public hazard.

"Each driver must realize that he has full personal and social responsibility in the event he drives under the influence of alcohol," Acop said.