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Ethiopia - Addis bans mobile phones while driving
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia's capital, has introduced tough new traffic laws that became effective this past Monday. The use of seat belts is now enforced, mobile phones usage while driving is banned and giving alms at traffic lights is prohibited.
The newly issued Road Traffic Safety Regulations which were ratified by the Addis Ababa City Council prohibits pedestrians from jumping over the ring road barriers, walking on the thoroughfares and mandates crossing the streets using the white lined "zebra crossings".
Sergeant Chief Assefa Mezgebu, from the public relations office of the Addis Ababa City Police Commission Traffic Investigation and Control Department told Capital that pedestrians are strictly prohibited from walking and crossing roads in any area they want.
For drivers, failure to properly maintain their vehicles and diffusing music or other messages through loudspeakers while driving in the city are all punishable under the newly ratified safety regulation.
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የሌላው ሌላ ነው, አቶ መለስ ጫት እየቃሙ ሲሾፍሩ እንዳይገኙ ነው የምፈራው።
Good luck enforcing those rules!
ድንጋጌው አስፈላጊና እንዲያውም በጣም የዘገየ ነው። የመንገድ ክፍልፋይ ሰርጥ ወይም ቀጠና ወይንም “ሌይን” መኖር ለይስሙላ መሆን እስካሁን የሚገርመኝ ነገር ነበር። አንድ የመኪና አስተናባሪ ባለሥልጣን መንገድ መብራት ላይ የሚያውቀውን አሽከርካሪ ከመኪናው አውርዶ እያቀፈ ሰላም ሲል አይቼ የሳቅኩበት ጊዜ ነበር።
አንዳንዶቹ ድንጋጌዎች ግን ጥናት ያስፈልጋቸው ነበር። ላምሳሌ የመኪና ቀበቶ ጉዳይ አሳሳቢ ሆኖ ነው ያገኘሁት።
ባጠቃላይ ግን ጥሩ እርምጃ ነው። እሰየው።
good job,guys……good luck.
No Bluetooth - No hands free device (including bluetooth car-kits - how funny is that?) — Isn’t that too much? Better to be harsh & strict on drink-drivers and chewing Qat/chat while driving!!
P.S. Years ago, my mates in Addis rediculed & named me “BosToo” for having a seat-belt while driving my dad’s Toyota ….!!!
death penality !!! For all violations, zenawi can live with that…)
Expect Dr.Are Mariam to write an article next Monday opposing this new rule.Any way he is single and he has got a lot of time this holiday season.By the way, Happy New year to all and congratulation to Nazret administrators for being Top Ethiopian website.
GREAT START,GOD BLESS EPRDF
this country need low of life goodjob eprdf they are dormant people they must to learn
WE DON’T ALLOW DRIVIGN WHILE CHEWING
CHAT BUT YOU SEE A LOT OF PEOPLE DOING IT.
This is really a good thing. There must always be a road rule in every country. It was embarrassing to see people, cars and sometimes animals traveling together on the main roads. People and vehicles should be separated; in the mean time it could minimize accidents.
Mobile phones, the curse of technology, this is a problem all over the world. What makes me wonder is, in Addis ababa where cars are stick shifts and people has to make frequent stops, one hand has to remain free in order to shift gears.how in the world drivers manage to taik on their cell phones while driving? Anyways the authorities in Addis are doing good job to minimize the accidents.
Katha edulis (Chat) minew teresa?
Almost 80% of the cars in Addis Ababa are outdated and the safety belt never used. Practicaly are not road worthy.
The government should ban all cars under 15 years and allow new brand on the market.
Hope they realize this at least.
good starting we soport you ouer Government
Good…how about drank drivers and drivers who are eating “Chat” while they are driving? I think these are the most dangerous thing to do while you are operating a motor vehicle.
What jokes! Is this a kind of latest showoff of woyane regime?
This is simply a woyane latest copy cat stylish from western countries. Such restrictions isn’t yet suited a poor country like Ethiopia due to not many cares on the roads that driving with mobile phone.This is the most stupidity and funny things that woyane regime wants to spread and make news.
Its a kind of their famous reports of the country’s economic growth monthly or that yearly capital income growths.
What good imitations of western restrictions!
In Ethiopia,we don’t even have many cars,cellphones and that enough good roads people to drive.
So I really wonder of what these people talking about? So the next woyane restriction is what? A Chine’s style of one child per each family.
C’omon guys,there is no much mobile phones over there(Addis Ababa) except those very few people of elite business people and some higher ranked woyane governments.
There’s no availability freedoms of that having mobile phones in Ethiopia at all.So what are they talking about.Like that monkey see monkey do,Woyane see woyane acts exactly like the monkey they start copying around the world so the next copy we should wait and expect from woyane is that restrictions of childern like the chines peoples.
Because they copied too many from western countries so why not copying too from china?
Happy new year for all of you.
Good Job ,a better move than some 0f the Road Traffic safety regulations here in the USA.
But,what about some of the most corrupt traffic police officers ?
At first, I was in favor of the new laws. But, when I thought about it carefully, I realize that it is just one other way to milk the residents of whatever money is left in their pockets. That is also the reason for forbidding people to give alms to beggars. Instead of spending the money on beggars the people of Addis are now kindly asked to ditribute this money betwqeen the government and the greedy traffic officer.
Had the government been serious about preventing accidents and not collecting undue taxes, there would have been enough time given to drivers (grace period - of learning) to stop using their mobile phones.
Had the government been serious in preventing death of drivers and passengers for lack of restrainer such as seat belts, they would have imported suffiecient good belts or have these belts made in ethiopia before the law becomes effective.
All they need is money. This is one source of it.
Wait for more seemingly good but undue tax collectinglaws.
PLEASE CHECK YOUR GRAMMER BEFORE YOU POST YOUR COMMENTS.(THIS IS FOR HAILU)NO OFFENSE…ANY WAYS I SUPPORT THE RULE..LIKE ATO SAID, NEED TO THINK ABOUT ENFORCING LAWS AGAINST DRUNK DRIVERS AND CHAT CHEWERS…
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