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Beware! NTSA to continue clampdown on drunk drivers despite ban on alcoblow

The National Transport and Safety Authority (NTSA) has thrown a wet blanket over Twiterrati’s excitement on the outlaw of Alcoblow by a Court of Appeal, saying they will continue to execute their mandate so as to keep the roads safe.

Through a statement the secretary general of NTSA, Francis Meja claimed that a similar case was filed at the high Court in 2014, and was dismissed by the court on the grounds that the breathalyzers rules were lawful.

In 2015, the above decision of the high court was also appealed before the court of appeal. In its ruling, the court of appeal dismissed the whole appeal and upheld the high court decision. The court noted that the breathalyzer rules did not introduce any new offenses other than those in the Traffic Act.

COURT RULING

“In its ruling the Court of Appeal dismissed the whole appeal and upheld the High Court’s decision. The court noted that the breathalyzer rules did not introduce any new offences other than those in the traffic act,” Mr Meja said.

In its observation, the court noted that there was need to amend the Traffic Act to realign it to the breathalyzer rules. Either they say in their observation, the court noted that there was need to amend the traffic act to realign it to the breathalyzer rules.

On Friday Judges GBM Kariuki, Fatuma Sichale and Festus Azangalala ruled that the law that introduced the use of breathlysers is inconsistent with the Traffic Act hence illegal. The judges directed Parliament to review that law.