By Carmela Martinez
The Department of Transportation (DOTr) reminded everyone on Thursday not to use a phone while driving under the guise of checking for updates on the Barretto family feud.
The transportation department posted an infographic on facebook entitled, ‘Important Road Safe Tips: How to be updated with the Barretto Family Issue while driving’
It is a set of reminders not to use a phone while driving.
The first reminder is not to use social media (Facebook or Instagram) on the phone to check for updates.
“May anti-distracted driving law tayo!” the post said.
The anti-distracted driving law they were referring to is the RA 10913 (Anti-Distracted Driving Act) that prohibits a person driving a vehicle to use or even hold any mobile communication and electronic entertainment gadgets. It applies while the vehicle is in motion or when they stopped for the traffic lights, according to the Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) website.
The second reminder is to allow another person to search for updates when the driver has someone with them in the car.
The third is to pull aside the car somewhere safe if there’s no one there and then use the phone.
The last is if a friend is calling to while a person is driving, it’s best to have an earphone or Bluetooth device or turn the call to loudspeaker to lessen the distraction on the road.
“Safe ka na, updated ka pa!” the infographic said at the end.
The public interest on the Barretto sisters Gretchen, Marjorie, and Claudine sparked when they confronted each other on the wake of their father while the President Duterte was there.