New alcohol laws – don’t drink & drive!

Posted on November 2nd, 2011
Categories: News


It is notified, for general information, that:

1. You should not drink and/or take drugs and then drive. The law now has a prescribed limit beyond which a police officer can arrest you if you are found drunk whilst at the wheel. Prescribed limit is: a) 35 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millitres of breath, b) 80 milligrammes of alcohol in 100 milliteres of blood; or c) 107 milligrammes of alcohol in 100 milliteres of urine.
(informed opinion equates it to 2 bottles of beer/lager or a single glass of wine!!).

2. The famous gadget “Alcoblow” (breathalyzer) is back. This time, it is legal. Last time round, it was withdrawn from the roads after a successful legal challenge by a lawyer because the law had not been amended. This time, Transport Minister Amos Kimunya does not want to be caught napping. The Police can now test you at the scene or take you to a Police station for tests. They can EITHER arrest you or order you off the road. Each time an accident occurs OR you commit ANY traffic offence, the Police are now authorised to test you for your blood alcohol concentration level.

3. The “speed camera” is now law. It is a special gadget used to calculate the time taken by a vehicle to travel over a set distance to work out the speed and the Police may now legally use it to determine, record and store the digital image of the speed of any motor vehicle. Note the use of “digital image”. These camera records are now admissible in Court in respect of a traffic offence.

4. Ensure that you have TWO red reflecting warning triangle signs of such construction and dimension as may be prescribed. The Police are now authorised by law to request you to display them on request.

(Kenya Gazette Supp No. 130, Legislative Supplement No. 45, Legal Notice No. 138, dated 26 & 27th Sept, 2011 & published on 5th Oct., 2011).

Please exercise caution.