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Alcoblow Watch founder speaks out on violations

23 April 2014, 11:10

Nairobi - The innovator behind the trending Alcobow Watch distanced himself from the rampant abuse of his innovation by drivers continually resorting to the smart phone application to avoid traffic police officers armed with gadgets to deter drunken driving.

It has been reported that with increase in operations on drunk driving, the application’s developer decided to take advantage of the situation and developed the application that will help drivers avoid road blocks and alcoblows.

The developer of Alcoblow Watch denies this.

“The name Alcoblow Watch can be seen to perpetrate an illegality but I needed a name that people on the road would connect to , the intention was to help the common drivers evade traffic and other road related incidences,” said developer, Brian Osoro.

He added, “According to Alcoblow Watch’s description on Google play, the application seeks to ‘help you avoid road blocks mostly caused by accidents and lately Alcoblow checks.” It also helps the user to “get to know the road situation by specifying location and also feeds by the general community of users’.”

Osoro’s application, it emerged was being used by drunk drivers to avoid routes where police officers were using the device to nab drunk drivers.

Users make posts on the application about locations, streets and roads where police officers with the unpopular alcoblows are present.

Fellow users who are drivers who may have drunk on reading the posts then choose to use other routes and hence avoid arrests.

Constitutionally, by so doing, the application is being used to perpetrate an illegality.

However, Osoro said he would be releasing a second version which would not be free like the current. Users would have to register to access the service.

 – CAJ News

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