After President Uhuru Kenyatta signed the Traffic (Amendment) Bill 2021 into law last week, the breathalyser test will soon be back on Kenyan roads. If found guilty of drunk driving, motorists might face a fine of up to Sh100,000, a two-year prison sentence, or both.
“A person who, when driving or attempting to drive, or in charge of a motor vehicle on a road or other public place is under the influence of an alcoholic drink or a drug beyond the prescribed limits, shall be guilty of an offence,” it says.
Police are only waiting for the law to be published in the Kenya gazette before swinging into action.
The amount of alcohol in your breath is measured by a breathalyzer. Measurements taken under the new law include breath, blood, or urine.
No driver should operate a vehicle if they have more than 35 micrograms of alcohol in 100 milliliters of breath, 80 milligrams in 100 milliliters of blood, or 107 milligrams in 100 milliliters of urine, according to the law.
One can safely drive if their blood alcohol content on the calibrator is between zero and 0.29. 0.35 micrograms should be the limit for those operating personal vehicles.
Matatu and other public service vehicle drivers are not allowed to consume alcohol, and their test results must be zero.
Weight, age, sex, metabolism, food, kind of alcohol used, and degree of stress are just a few of the variables that will affect how much alcohol a driver consumes to go over or stay under these new limits.
The MPs passed the bill to amend the Traffic Act of 2013 before they adjourned to proceed on recess on June 9 ahead of the General Election.