27 drink-drivers to be named for evading court

January 22, 2014 2:27 pm
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NAMES of 27 drivers who skipped court after arrest for drink-driving to be published Friday; warrants of arrest pending/JOSEPH MURAYA
NAMES of 27 drivers who skipped court after arrest for drink-driving to be published Friday; warrants of arrest pending/JOSEPH MURAYA
NAIROBI, Kenya, Jan 22 – The government will publish names and car number plates of 27 drivers who skipped court after they were arrested for drink-driving.

Cabinet Secretary Michael Kamau says arrest warrants have already been issued against the individuals after they failed to appear in court.

“It brings shame and that’s what we want… we want them to fear shame,” he stated while admitting that he was also ‘scared’ of the gadget.

Addressing journalists on Wednesday, Kamau also said the ministry will receive a donation of five alcoblow kits which he says will help enhance the war against road carnage.

As a measure to reduce road accidents, the ministry on December 16 re-introduced alcoblow on Kenyan roads.

Motorists are required to blow into the gadget to test whether they have consumed more than the requisite pints of alcohol.

Those to be put on the list of ‘shame’ are from various regions of the country.

He noted that since January 1 to 20, some 184 people have lost their lives due to road traffic accidents compared to 263 over the same period last year, a reduction of 31 percent.

Still on Wednesday, the Transport Ministry received five speed guns donated by a private firm bringing to 21 the total number of speed guns in the country.

Receiving the donation, Kamau said the gadgets were going to enhance the battle against road carnage.

While noting the number of deaths occurring as a result of road accidents have reduced, Kamau said the government was not going to relent in the fight to bring sanity on the roads.

He also appealed to members of the public to support the government efforts in reducing road carnage.

“This may include moral, support through social media, materials or otherwise,” he petitioned.

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