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Alcoblow faces new court battle, ruling set for Friday

12 February 2014, 17:54 Victor Tinto

Nairobi - The legality of the highly despised Alcoblow will be determined on Friday after a suit was placed at the High Court seeking to have it termed unlawful.

Lawyer  and former Imenti Central MP Gitobu Imanyara has filed a suit at the High Court seeking to have the breathalyser device, commonly referred to as Alcoblow declared illegal.

He argues in his suit that the device's use was not passed through a parliamentary vote and that thus in the eyes of the law, cannot be used to prosecute.

" The device is unlawful because its implementation and use in the public domain is not supported by law as it was not passed through the necessary procedures, he said.

High Court judge Mumbi Ngugi certified the case as urgent and asked all parties to be in court Friday to determine the case.

Alcoblow has brought differing opinions among Kenyans regarding its use, with some stemming their dislike of it to its apparent poor sanitary record.

The device has been fronted by the government as a way of ensuring alcohol related traffic accidents are reduced, to good effect according to transport secretary Michael Kamau.

" Traffic accidents have reduced since the return of alcoblow which shows that we are winning the war on drink driving, he said.

But stakeholders in the hospitality industry have argued that alcoblow is hurting their businesses with potential customers scared away by the huge fines faced if caught driving over the limit.

- News24

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