By Alexandria San Juan
The Department of Transportation (DOTr) has warned the public doing the viral “In My Feelings” challenge along roads that they face stiff sanctions for reckless driving and distracting other motorists.
In its advisory released Tuesday, the DOTr reminded the public that transport regulators and other law enforcement agencies will be apprehending people doing the dance challenge along public roads.
While they could not stop everyone from expressing their feelings, the DOTr said they are not encouraging the public especially the motorists to do the “In My Feelings” challenge which can result in accidents.
DOTr said the challenge, wherein a person gets off a slow-moving vehicle before dancing to Canadian rapper Drake’s “In My Feelings,” can be classified as an example of reckless driving where the motorist’s driver’s license could be revoked.
The Department also reminded the public that using cellphones or any video recording device while driving is a violation of Republic Act 10913 or the Anti-Distracted Driving Act (ADDA).
People who will be found violating the said law would be fined P5,000 to P15,000.
Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade already directed the Land Transportation Office, as well as the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board to apprehend anyone doing the challenge on roads.
“That challenge is not allowed along the roads. It’ dangerous. Arrest those who will do the challenge on the streets. That is reckless driving and a violation of ADDA,” he said.
International and local artists have joined the viral dance craze. Other countries have previously posed warnings about doing the viral challenge including the National Transportation Safety Board of the United Stated saying that jumping out of the car to dance is “foolish and dangerous.”