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Alcoblow faces uncertain future

03 February 2014, 17:43 Victor Tinto

Nairobi - Alcoblow should be suspended. Stakeholders from both the hospitality and tourism Industry have called on the government to suspend Alcoblow temporarily.

Speaking under their umbrella body, the Pubs, Entertainment and Restuarants Association of Kenya (PERAK), they argued that they were not involved in implementation process.

The leaders said the government did not engage them when it re-introduced the use of Alcoblow, a gadget aimed at curbing drunk driving. They said the gadget has adversely affected their business.

Addressing a press briefing, PERAK called for a review of implementation of Alcoblow, saying it may not achieve the desired objective of reducing road fatalities.

" We are concerned that the Alcoblow is targeting private motorists in some cases even at their gates, when they should be focusing on reducing road carnage,Peter Muya, Chairman of PERAK said.

Muya further noted that the Alcoblow crackdown was concentrated in residential areas especially affluent estates where police and breakdown can reap big. He also criticized what they termed as selective implementation of Alcoblow saying police were only focusing on motorists heading home from entertainment spots.

" Alcohol limit of 0.35 that the traffic authorities have been using is too general, argued Alice Opee, vice chair lady PERAK.

Opee further noted that the Ministry of Transport, the police and National Transport Safety Authority did not consult them on the alcohol threshold yet the constitution requires consultation and participation of stakeholders in the public interest.

The leaders have vowed to take legal action against the government if it decides to ignore their plea to engage them.

The government re-introduced Alcoblow in December last year, a gadget which measures the amount of alcohol in a person’s breath and prints out results. If a driver is found to be above the stipulated limit, he/she may be charged in court with driving under the influence of alcohol and if found guilty, may be liable to imprisonment of one year or a fine of KES 100,000 or both.

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