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More drivers caught using phones

Specialized cameras of the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) have caught fewer drivers using mobile devices during the second day of enforcement of Anti Distracted Driving Act.

From 6 a.m. up to 1 p.m., only 19 were caught using their mobile devices and other gadgets while driving, a violation of the law that took effect on Thursday.

Spotted via closed circuit television cameras (CCTVs) were drivers of nine private vehicles, nine motorcycles, and one bicycle while cruising along Epifanio De los Santos Avenue and other major thoroughfares in Metro Manila.

Many were caught texting while stalled in traffic or waiting for the go traffic signal. MMDA personnel recorded the license plate number of the vehicles.
On the first day of enforcement, the MMDA recorded 127 motorists who were busy with their gadgets.

The MMDA keeps track of motorists’ compliance with traffic rules through its CCTV cameras.

Under the policy, footages will be received by personnel manning the Metrobase Command Center.

Violators will receive notices containing the place and the day they committed violations with an attached screen grab of the CCTV footage.

Motorists may contest the summons or pay the penalty. (Anna Liza Villas-Alavaren)