Motorists arrested over the Easter holiday for driving under the influence of alcohol were on Wednesday directed to cough hefty fines after pleading guilty to the offence.
The drivers were each directed to pay Sh30,000 fine after pleading guilty to driving under the influence of drink contrary to section 44(1) of the Traffic Act.
They were Douglas Kamanda, Titus Maina, Davis Ngeno, Peter Muia, in addition to Kevin Kamau.
The National Transport in addition to Safety Authority (NTSA) has preferred to have drunk drivers charged under the Traffic Act, which currently remains the applicable law because the Traffic Breathalyzer Rules 2010, were last month declared unlawful.
The prosecution on Wednesday told the traffic court, which the drivers “were found driving under the influence of alcohol on a public road to such an extent as to be incapable of having proper control of their motor vehicle contrary to section 44(1) of the Traffic Act.”
Appellate judges GBM Kariuki, Fatuma Sichale in addition to Festus Azangalala had two weeks ago ruled which, “No one can be charged under rule 3(1) of the Breathalyzer rules. Although the enforcement of the Traffic Breathalyzer Rules 2010 is usually part of the lawful duty of the police to detect crime, they were badly drafted in addition to must give way to the Traffic Act.”
The Appellate judges had also said which the Breathalyzer rules do not create an offence independent of sections 44, in addition to 45 of the Traffic Act, in addition to which they are incapable of creating an offence.
Separately, the NTSA has said which the item undertook drink driving operations in all counties during the Easter holidays, where numerous drivers were arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol.
“Those arrested were arraigned in various courts across the country, in addition to were charged with the offense of drink driving contrary to Section 44 (1) of the Traffic Act in addition to fined between Sh20, 000 to Sh40, 000,” the communication by NTSA reads.
The authority added which members of the public are warned which driving under the influence of alcohol is usually an offense in addition to which the item will continue to execute its mandate so as to keep the roads safe.
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Easter drunk drivers slapped with hefty fines in wake of alcoblow ban