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Cablegate: Tanzania: Distracted Driving

Published: Wed 17 Feb 2010 01:50 PM
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TAGS: ECON SOCI UNGA TZ
SUBJECT: TANZANIA: DISTRACTED DRIVING
REF: STATE 6703
1. Ambassador Lenhardt delivered reftel points to Foreign Minister
Membe on January 25. Membe agreed distracted driving was a serious
issue and promised to follow up with his colleagues in other
relevant ministries.
2. We subsequently delivered the demarche to Omar Chambo, Permanent
Secretary in the Ministry of Infrastructure Development.
3. Tanzania's Road Traffic Act of 1973 prohibits careless driving
but does not directly contemplate texting or other use of mobile
phones while driving. Tanzania is currently running an awareness
campaign on the importance of seatbelt use.
LENHARDT
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