General: Anti-drunk driving Law: know your rights

Do you drink and drive?

Well, first of all you should not.

But for those who drink socially or those who are in the call center industry or graveyard shift in general who take a drink or two to help them sleep, paalala lang.

AntiDrunkDriving_pic1Since May of this year, the Anti-Drunk and Drugged Driving Act has been in effect.

Usually, ang mga nahuhuli because of this are those who figure in vehicular accidents, whether napansing incoherent o naamoy ng investigating authority.

But in case you are flagged down by the police or other deputized law enforcement officers for a driving violation which leads the officer to suspect that you are drunk or drugged, know what your rights are.

There are several ways to find out if you are under the influence of alcohol or drugs. If you refuse to take these tests, then your license will be confiscated and revoked, on top of any traffic violations you may have incurred.

First of all, you will be subjected to a set of field sobriety tests. Anu-ano yun?

1. Eye Test You will be asked to follow with your eyes an object the officer moves horizontally, a foot away from your face.

2. Walk-and-Turn Test You will be asked to walk nine steps forward in a straight line, turn, and then walk back the same distance.

3. One-leg Stand Test You will be asked to stand using one leg, with the other leg raised 6 inches from the ground. You should be able to hold that position for half a minute.

Anything other than these three is not part of the field sobriety test.

If you fail any of the field sobriety tests, you will then be asked to take a breathalyzer test, which will measure your blood alcohol level. The acceptable concentration is below 0.05%. Pero kung driver ka ng PUV, truck, bus or motorcycle, 0.0% dapat ang blood alcohol level mo!

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Image taken from www.philstar.com/motoring/2013/06/05/950086/drunk-driving-law-needs-limit

If you fail the breathalyzer test, you will be arrested and your vehicle will be impounded.

If the officer has reasonable basis that you are under the influence of drugs, you will be brought to the nearest police station for a drug test. If you pass the field sobriety test or breath test, you are not obligated to take the drug test.

If you pass the sobriety and blood alcohol level tests, you will be penalized for the traffic violation (if any), you committed and not for violating the drunk or drugged law.

Penalties for violating the drunk driving or drugged law range from 3 months to 20 years imprisonment. Fines are from P20,000 to P500,000.

The license of non-professional drivers who fail the tests will be suspended on the first offense, while it will be permanently revoked on the second offense.

Kung professional license holder ka naman, gaya ng truck, bus, o PUV driver, permanently revoked agad ang lisensya mo sa first offense pa lang.

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