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Ethiopia - Addis Ababa bans mobile phones while driving

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12/30/09

  12:26:17 am, by admin, 167 words  
Categories: ICT

Ethiopia - Addis Ababa bans mobile phones while driving

Traffic cop in Addis Ababa, Photo - Äthiopien Ethiopia

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.

Read Full Report from Capital ...

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Comment from: Koreconch [Visitor]
Koreconch

:lalala:የሌላው ሌላ ነው, አቶ መለስ ጫት እየቃሙ ሲሾፍሩ እንዳይገኙ ነው የምፈራው።:lalala:

12/30/09 @ 02:22
Comment from: Ras Metat [Visitor]
Ras Metat

Good luck enforcing those rules!

12/30/09 @ 05:50
Comment from: des_pes [Visitor]
des_pes

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።

12/30/09 @ 15:13
Comment from: yilma [Visitor]  
yilma

good job,guys……good luck.

12/31/09 @ 00:47
Comment from: Ato [Visitor]
Ato

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 ….!!!

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12/31/09 @ 00:49
Comment from: Tadele [Visitor]
Tadele

death penality !!! For all violations, zenawi can live with that…)

12/31/09 @ 00:51
Comment from: Thomas H [Visitor]
Thomas H

Hi All,
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.

12/31/09 @ 01:22
Comment from: messay [Visitor]
messay

GREAT START,GOD BLESS EPRDF

12/31/09 @ 01:32
Comment from: hailu [Visitor]
hailu

this country need low of life goodjob eprdf they are dormant people they must to learn

12/31/09 @ 02:35
Comment from: QASSIM [Visitor]
QASSIM

WE DON’T ALLOW DRIVIGN WHILE CHEWING
CHAT BUT YOU SEE A LOT OF PEOPLE DOING IT.

12/31/09 @ 03:35
Comment from: Tes [Visitor]
Tes

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.

12/31/09 @ 03:38
Comment from: addiszemen [Member]  

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.

12/31/09 @ 05:22
Comment from: titi [Visitor]
titi

Katha edulis (Chat) minew teresa?

12/31/09 @ 06:14
Comment from: robel ermias [Visitor]  
robel ermias

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.

12/31/09 @ 08:20
Comment from: Yohannes [Visitor]
Yohannes

good starting we soport you ouer Government
from Israel

12/31/09 @ 08:37

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