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Alcoblow forces city motorists to change routes

City motorists who cannot avoid alcohol during the festive season have now devised new routes to their destinations.

The motorists are now avoiding major highways such as Jogoo, Thika and Mombasa roads where traffic police with breathalyzers are stationed.

The breathalyzers usually detect the amount of alcohol one has consumed when a person blows to it through a small mouthpiece which is discarded after use.

The motorists are now using feeder roads to the estates from town especially at night when the officers are on alert to arrest drunk drivers.

“Nowadays I don’t use Jogoo road, I use feeder roads from Muthurwa area then to Donholm because I have to drink in town,” said a motorist who identified himself as Maina.

Mr Maina adds that he is not alone as many of his friends have decided to avoid major roads within the city for fear of being arrested by police.

On Monday eleven motorists fined Sh10, 000 each in default serve a three month jail terms.

The motorists who were arrested over the weekend pleaded guilty to driving a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol.

Senior principal magistrate E Cherono have warned the motorist against drunk driving telling them he would not like to see them in court again.

In mitigation, some of the accused told the court that they under estimated the amount of alcohol they had consumed.