Breathalysers coming soon to a bar near you

January 16, 2014 2:50 pm
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, Transport Cabinet Secretary said 16 more alcoblows will make their way into the country by Monday before being distributed to various locations/FILE
, Transport Cabinet Secretary said 16 more alcoblows will make their way into the country by Monday before being distributed to various locations/FILE
NAIROBI, Kenya, Jan 16 – The government has taken policing to a new level with plans of bringing the ‘feared’ breathalysers closer to Kenyans’ favourite entertainment spots.

At a press conference on Thursday, Transport Cabinet Secretary Michael Kamau said 16 more alcoblows will make their way into the country by Monday before being distributed to various locations.

But of particular interest to the government are the social spots that are most frequented by Kenyans, with Kamau singling out the Simmers Bar and Restaurant, within the CBD and others in the Nairobi West area.

This, Kamau argued, would be the big brother who would ensure that Kenyans do not drink and drive.

“We will be on Thika Road, Lang’ata Road, Ngong Road, Limuru Road, Jamhuri, Jogoo Road, Nairobi West, the city centre and we will even go to Simmers. We will be everywhere. You had better be afraid,” cautioned Kamau.

Two other alcoblows have already been given to the government but Kamau would not disclose when or where they would be used.

He argued that such information would enable Kenyans to play cat and mouse games with law enforcers which would beat the purpose of reintroducing the breathalysers.

“You people want to know these details so that you can decide where to drink tonight,” he joked.

The breathalysers will be able to detect if an individual has taken more than two beers.

Kamau said that an alcohol blood concentration level below 0.35 would be safe while those beyond that would get into trouble. This translated means that only those who take less than two beers would be considered sound enough to drive.

There are however other factors that make the detection differ from one individual to another. These include gender, body size, condition of the liver and others.

“I think that is one bottle of beer or one and a half; if you take two or more you are cooked so don’t drink and drive,” he said.

But Kenyans have already started trying to devising ways of beating the alcoblows among them taking Eno fruit salt after drinking one too many.

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