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From A to B: Diplomatic Driving

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Ben Kangwa, a Zambian diplomat, drives around in a State Department-licensed Toyota.
David Schultz
Ben Kangwa, a Zambian diplomat, drives around in a State Department-licensed Toyota.

We've all seen them: cars driving around town not with D.C.'s iconic "Taxation Without Representation" license plate, but with one that reads "Diplomat." Thanks to an international policy known as "diplomatic immunity," they don't have to follow any of the city's traffic laws -- at least not in theory. WAMU transportation reporter David Schultz gives us the lowdown.

[Music: "A to B" by The Futureheads from The Futureheads / "She Drives Me Crazy" by Fine Young Cannibals from The Platinum Collection]


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