Govt receives breathlyser to boost road safety
17 January 2014, 11:37
Nairobi - The government's efforts to fight road carnage has been boosted with the Breathlyser donation from a British Company, Lion Laboratories Company.
The Cabinet Secretary Ministry of Transport and Infrastructure, Eng. Michael Kamau said that the received two alcolmeters breathlysers plus two printers, and 16 more gadgets expected to arrive next week will boost the Ministry's road safety campaign initiative.
"The impact of breathlyzers, especially during the festive period was very encouraging since the National Transport and Safety Authority (NTSA) working closely with Traffic Police Department arrested 135 motorists in Nairobi and 24 in Mombasa found driving after taking alcohol beyond the allowable limits," said Kamau.
"I want to emphasize that drunken driving will not be tolerated on our roads. It is instructive to remind motorists that the offence for drunk driving carries a fine not exceeding KES 100,000 or imprisonment for a term not exceeding two years or both," he added.
Kamau warned motorists that the law prohibits drivers from handling motor vehicles if they have consumed alcohol in excess of 35 microgrammes, equivalent to one and half beer bottle, in 100 millilitres of blood or 107 miligrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of urine.
He added that NTSA's partnership with other government stakeholders including the Judiciary, Traffic and Prisons Departments to mount a successful road safety programme through mobile courts and highway patrols has reduced cases of road carnage compared to previous years. He noted that from Jan 1 to January 14, 2014 a total of 141 deaths have been recorded, compared to 2013's death record of 203 in the same period.
"During the campaigns, NTSA was able to detect over 5,000 cases of non-compliance involving private and public service vehicles. The owners were either penalized or advised to ensure compliance with traffic laws before being allowed to resume operations," stated Kamau.
He pointed out that all motorists should familiarize themselves with the laws envisaged in the Legal Notice Number 138 of October 5, 2011 that permits use of breathlyzers to curb drunk driving.
Moreover, Kamau noted that the donated improvised Lion alcolmeter breathlysers with a multi-colour touch screen display and keypad, 5000 tests memory capacity, simple data logging capability, multiple breath sampling modes, and ergonomically designed for optimum performance will enhance vigorous implementation of road safety initiatives.
He further stated that NTSA is at an advanced stage of procuring computerized system through the ICT Authority to interlink all road transport-related agencies in sharing and processing information on the transport management and safety.
He also said NTSA will gazette new type of Speed Governors, commence the process of developing Standard Curriculum for training and testing of drivers, including licensing of driving schools, and streamlining of inspection and certificate of vehicles to eliminate corruption.
Furthermore, Kamau said the road safety Authority will introduce a Smart Driving Licence with features that support a demerit point system for drivers, facilitate the introduction of new generation secure and difficult to forge Vehicle Number Plates, and work with conformity to the Constitution's Fourth Schedule on the creation of County Transport and Safety Committees.
He called upon more private sector entities to partner with the government towards reducing road fatalities this year.
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