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Cablegate: Brazil: Demarche On Distracted Driving Delivered

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SUBJECT: BRAZIL: DEMARCHE ON DISTRACTED DRIVING DELIVERED

REF: 2010 STATE 6703

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1. (SBU) On January 27, Emboffs delivered the Department's demarche
on Distracted Driving to representatives of the Ministry of
Transportation and the Ministry of Health. While Brazilian law
does prohibit texting while driving, as of yet, neither Ministry
has expressed an interest in committing the Government of Brazil to
international efforts on this issue.

2. (SBU) Current Brazilian legislation includes prohibitions that
would apply to texting while driving. Specifically, Article 252,
Subsection 5 of the Brazilian Transit Code (CONTRAN) prohibits
driving with one hand on the steering wheel, which would by
extension prohibit activities, such as texting, that require a
driver to remove one hand from the steering wheel. However,
enforcement of this and other driving regulations by local and
federal authorities is inconsistent.

3. (SBU) Additionally, the Brazilian legislature is considering a
bill, PL 2,872/2008, which would amend Article 252 of CONTRAN;
establishing a prohibition against "using a cellular telephone or
mobile communications devices." Using such a device would be
considered a "grave infraction." The bill is currently being
considered in the relevant committees of the lower house. If the
lower house approves the bill, it will then move to the Senate for
their approval.
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