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Alcoblow to remain says High Court

09 June 2014, 11:40

Nairobi - Alcoblow will remain on Kenyan roads after court cases seeking their removal were thrown out by the High Court.

The ruling was made Monday morning by judge Mumbi Ngugi who threw out two similar cases seeking the removal of the breathalysers from the roads.

She said that the cases, put forward by a Nairobi bar owner and a group of motorists did not have any credence to have the device withdrawn.

Further, she stated that use of the device had reduced the number of alcohol related accidents on the country's roads and that it was vital it be retained.

" The petitioner has not provided enough evidence to show why the device is not fit to be used, she read in her ruling.

The bar owner Kariuki Ruitha of the Reminisce Bar and Grill in Langata Nairobi and the motorists wanted the use of alcoblow at non gazetted road blocks stopped.

The government has come on top in a series of cases seeking to have the device removed from the roads due to a number of issues, ranging from its place in law to its side effects on users.

Police records show that since its return early 2014, over 4,500 people have been arrested for driving while over the required limit as prescribed by the law.

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