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Court rules Alcoblow remains in force

14 February 2014, 13:00 Victor Tinto

Nairobi - The High court has ruled that  the use Alcoblow on Kenyan roads will continue pending the hearing of a case contesting its legality.

Lady justice Mumbi Ngugi delivered the ruling Friday morning, saying that the device had reduced the number of accidents on Kenyan roads and limited the number of drunk drivers on the roads.

She further ruled that Alcoblow remain in force until a case seeking to decide whether it is legal or not, be heard.

That case is set to begin March 10, 2014.

" It is of my informed opinion that the device in question has reduced the number of road accidents on the roads and influenced the reduction of drink driving incidents.

" Suspending it will not do any justice to the many Kenyans who have been affected by alcohol induced traffic accidents and thus I rule it remain in force until the other case is heard, she said.

Alcoblow has lived a charmed life since its re-introduction late 2013.

There have been several court cases seeking to have it declared unlawful and unsanitary, plus a risk to the health of users.

The government though has always insisted that the device is lawful and has even imported some more to be used by traffic police.

" Alcoblow is here to stay and as long as it does justice to innocent Kenyans, will be a part of our roads for a long time, transport secretary Michael Kamau earlier said.

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