Alcoblow re-introduced to curb road carnage
17 December 2013, 10:36
Nairobi - Transport Cabinet Secretary, Michael Kamau, has re-introduced alcoblow to curb road carnage in the country.
The devices that have already been procured are to be used in black-spots within Nairobi while procurement of more would be done.
“From now on anyone found driving under the influence of alcohol will attract a fine of KES 100,000 or a jail term of one year or both,” said Kamau.
He was speaking at a press conference which was attended by the Traffic Commandant, Samwel Kimaru, National Traffic Safety Authority Chairman, Lee Njiru.
Kamau said that during this festive season, police officers would be stationed strategically near entertainment joints so that they can test drivers for alcohol when they are in their cars with the intention of driving.
The breathalyzer is fitted with a printer which prints out a report of the extent of the drunkenness of the driver. The driver, if found not fit to drive, would be taken to hospital for further tests and eventually to court.
Kamau said that the breathalyzer was modern, high-tech and hygienic.
“This is because police officers using the gadget will use disposable mouth pieces for different drivers,” he said.
The breathalyzer is being reintroduced into the Kenyan roads years after its first attempt was quashed in court over its unhygienic nature.
There have been many road accidents that have prompted the ministry of Transport to reintroduce the breathalyzer.
An estimated 3 000 people die in local traffic accidents with drunken driving cited as one of the major causes of the death.
– CAJ News