Cablegate: Demarche On Distracted Driving: Drc
RR RUEHBZ RUEHDU RUEHGI RUEHJO RUEHMR RUEHRN
DE RUEHKI #0160 0391420
ZNR UUUUU ZZH
R 081419Z FEB 10
FM AMEMBASSY KINSHASA
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC 0143
INFO RWANDA COLLECTIVE
SOUTHERN AF DEVELOPMENT COMMUNITY COLLECTIVE
UNCLAS KINSHASA 000160
E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: ECON SOCI CG
SUBJECT: DEMARCHE ON DISTRACTED DRIVING: DRC
REF: 10 STATE 6703
1. (U) In response to reftel, Econoff delivered demarche talking
points to the Chief of Staff to the DRC Minister of Transport
Ernest Ilang'Ikwa on February 3 and the DRC Minister of Transport
Mathieu MPita on February 4.
2. (U) Mpita stated that on February 3, he signed a circular on
road safety measures, which includes a ban on the use of cell
phones while driving in the DRC (Circular No.
409/CAB/MIN/TVC/003/2010). He then provided econoff with a copy of
the circular. He added that later in February 2010, the Ministry
of Transport will launch a radio and TV public awareness campaign
alerting the public about the dangers of distracted driving.
3. (U) The Ministry of Transportation promised to send statistics
on injuries and fatalities connected to traffic accidents caused by
distracted driving, which Embassy will forward septel.