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Alcoblow Tests Back on The Roads to Curb Increasing Accidents

by Zablon Ondari
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Police will reintroduce the use of Alcoblow breathalyser testing from today, Friday 9th September following a high increase in road accidents.

In a joint statement released in Nairobi, Inspector-General of Police Hillary Mutyambai and National Transport Safety Authority (NTSA) Director-General George Njao expressed concern over the rising incidence of road accidents across the country.

“Reports indicate that 2,689 persons lost their lives between 1st January and 30th September 2020, compared to the same period last year where 2,655 lives were lost. This translates into an increase of 1.3 percent,” part of the joint statement read.

Motorcyclists and pillion passenger deaths increased by 44.94 percent and 19.44 percent, respectively.

From 2nd to 4th October, 60 people died in road accidents most of which were attributed to speeding and drink driving.

According to Mutyambai, the National Police Service will undertake nationwide enforcement operations to address factors such as speeding, lane indiscipline, assessment of general compliance with Public Service Vehicle (PSV) licensing requirements, and a crackdown on unroadworthy vehicles.

Random drink driving tests shall be conducted in all major towns from today.

“We assure the public that measures to prevent the spread of coronavirus shall be in place when undertaking these activities,” said Mutyambai.

The use of alcoblow was withdrawn from the roads in November last year following revelations of corruption amid claims that senior officers were fighting over control of the lucrative illegal business.

Alcoblow was reintroduced in December during the festive season but it didn’t last long.

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