You Can Test Yourself First! Alcoblow to be reintroduced on Kenyan roads,

Breathalyzers, popularly known as Alcoblow, will soon be reintroduced on Kenyan roads after President Uhuru Kenyatta signed into law the Traffic (Amendment) Bill 2021.

Under the new law, motorists found guilty of drunk driving face a fine not exceeding 100,000 shillings, two years in prison, or both.

An alcohol tester estimates the alcohol content in a person’s blood from a breath sample.

No driver may operate a vehicle if they have consumed alcohol above 35 micrograms per 100 milliliters of breath, 80 milligrams of alcohol per 100 milliliters of blood and 107 milligrams of alcohol per 100 milliliters of urine.

Drivers of private vehicles are allowed 0.35 micrograms of maximum intoxication, while drivers of public service vehicles are completely prohibited from drinking alcohol and their test result should be zero.

Parliament passed the Road Traffic Amendment Bill 2013 before adjourning for recess on 9 June.

The new law is an improvement on another law following a court directive in 2017 that made the use of a breathalyzer illegal.

Traffic wardens are currently waiting for the law to be published in the Kenya Gazette before implementation.

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