The Menace of Drunk Driving on Kenyan Roads

The Menace of Drunk Driving on Kenyan Roads

11thApril

A recent ruling by the High Court that drunk driving is not illegal in Kenya was met with mixed reactions. Surprisingly though, the ruling seemed to have provided ‘reprieve’ for a good number of Kenyan drivers after their numerous encounters and hide & seek moments with law enforcement officers including the police and NTSA officers.

That said, does it mean that not having existing laws explicitly prohibiting drunk driving gives car owners the green light to take to the roads while under the influence of alcohol? We don’t think so! You should always be mindful of the fact that drinking and getting behind the wheel not only puts your life in danger, but also jeopardizes the safety of everyone else on the road.

WHAT IS THE EFFECT OF TOO MUCH ALCOHOL ON A DRIVER

Alcohol impairs your motor skills, and you best believe that you simply cannot be as good of a driver drunk as you are sober. Alcohol being a depressant, will significantly impair your judgment and the time it takes you to react to situations—a bad combination when driving. In addition it will also affect your visibility as well as your Distance and depth perception

If these reasons are not enough for you to think twice before driving after having a few drinks, then be humane and ask yourself  ‘would you be ready to live with the guilt of being responsible for maiming or killing an innocent person as a result of your reckless actions?’  More importantly what if you had a serious accident that you end up with a life-long injury and you place an unnecessary burden to your loved ones of having to adjust?  This is a sad but true reality of many survivors affected by drunk driving, who live to tell the story.

WHAT ARE YOUR OPTIONS

We all want to have a good time but, this should never be at the expense of others. If you have to drink, DON’T DRIVE! Always have a Plan B for when you’re abit tipsy. You can choose to have one of your buddies be the designated driver or you could always request for a taxi to take you home after one too many. You also have the option of staying home and indulging in your favorite alcoholic beverage at the comfort of your living room sofa.

Better safe than sorry! Take charge of your actions. DON’T DRINK AND DRIVE

Last modified on Thursday, 23 May 2019 16:45

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