Drivers arrested for drunk driving

National Transport Safety Authority (NTSA) Friday netted 14 motorists on Thika Superhighway for driving under the influence of alcohol.

The drivers mostly coming from entertainment joints at the wee hours of the night were caught by surprise when they found themselves face to face with the dreaded alcoblow and attempts to evade the dragnet bore no fruits for most of the drivers who were highly intoxicated.

There was drama when cornered motorists attempted to escape in their drunken stupor with some attempted running over mounted spikes.

Area NTSA Manager John Parteroi said the crackdown was an attempt to tame fatal accidents along the busy highway which he noted have been on the rise in the last few months.

Every weekend we are losing lives along this highway due to either over speeding or drunk driving and we have decided to crack the whip on motorists despite their disapproval on the alcoblow, he said.

We are going to carry out spontaneous crackdowns along our highways to remind the motorists that it is outlawed to drive under the influence of substances to restore sanity on our roads, said Parteroi.

He pointed out that early this week four young men perished near Ndarugo motel when their vehicle veered off the road and crashed onto a track in what was discovered to be a case of drunk driving.

The crackdown came hot on the heels of a high powered security meeting between the NTSA staff and the Thika West Deputy County Commissioner Tom Anjere where plans to tame road carnage in the area were mooted.

In the meeting it was agreed that use of alcoblow along the Thika Superhighway be revived. Area traffic police officers were also challenged to lay traps on the roads to net overloading PSV vehicles.

Those apprehended were taken to Thika and Juja police stations respectively and will be arraigned before Thika courts on Monday morning.

Source: Kenya News Agency