Why Police have Introduced Alcoblow On Nairobi Expressway

The National Police Service On Tuesday 15th  November introduced Alcoblow testing on the popular Nairobi expressway in order to curb drunk driving and enhance the safety of other road users.

Why Police have Introduced  Alcoblow On Nairobi Expressway

The move comes after a number of road accidents have been reported, some being fatal.

“We have alcoblow on the expressway and we are going to use it for people who tend to take alcohol and contravene the law by driving under influence,” the police announced in a statement.

According to the police, anyone caught driving while drunk will be subject to the full force of the law.

“We shall arrest drunk driver and arraign them in court,” the police warned.

Since the government forbade public service cars from operating on the route, the alcoblow test will have an impact on drivers of private cars on the highway.

This comes after two matatus were involved in deadly collisions that were blamed on speeding and reckless driving.

After a 5-year absence, Alcoblow was reintroduced to the nation in July 2022, but this will be the first time it is employed on the expressway.

If you are caught driving while drunk on an expressway, you could face a fine of up to Sh100,000, a two-year prison sentence, or both.

Undated photo of a police officer subjects a man to an alcoblow along Mombasa road.

This is in accordance with the Traffic (Amendment) Bill, which William Kamket of Tiaty, a member of parliament, introduced and which former president Uhuru Kenyatta signed into law.