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Cablegate: Czech Republic: Reply to Demarche On Distracted

VZCZCXRO3931
RR RUEHIK
DE RUEHPG #0054 0331024
ZNR UUUUU ZZH
R 021024Z FEB 10
FM AMEMBASSY PRAGUE
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC 2104
INFO RUCNMEM/EU MEMBER STATES COLLECTIVE
RULSDMK/DEPT OF TRANS WASHDC

UNCLAS PRAGUE 000054

SENSITIVE
SIPDIS

OES/S: NCARTER-FOSTER

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: ECON SOCI UNGA EZ
SUBJECT: CZECH REPUBLIC: REPLY TO DEMARCHE ON DISTRACTED
DRIVING

REF: STATE 6703

(SBU) We delivered reftel demarche on January 25 to Czech
Transportation Ministry Road Safety Department Head Zuzana
Ambrozova. Ms. Ambrozova told us that Czech law prohibits
the use of hand-held telephones or communication devices
while driving. She said, however, that currently there is no
available data in the Czech Republic regarding traffic
accidents attributed to cell phone use, prevalence of cell
phone use while driving, or efficacy of current regulations
related to cell phone use and text messaging while operating
a motor vehicle. Further, there are no targeted public
awareness campaigns on the subject.
Thompson-Jones

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