The Alcoblow gadget, it seems, has not put a damper on many Nairobians determined to enjoy the tipple. Some shrewd motorists have found new ways of evading Alcoblow police checkpoints. Drunken drivers have beaten the police at their own game by hiring temporary drivers for short distances and networking with fellow imbibers on social media to find out police movements.
On Saturday night of December 28, the police put up a roadblock right outside buffet Park in Hurligham. Although there were hundreds of unruly drunk people inside the club, the police only arrested eight people. Reason? There were drivers for hire available. For only Sh200, they would drive a drunk motorist past the police roadblock, and leave one at the Kenyatta National Hospital roundabout.
This Nairobian writer saw several people ordering more drinks as they waited for their turn with the driver for hire. The more techsavvy Kenyans relied on social media to get updates on where the alcoblow roadblocks were.
On Twitter, there is a handle, @AlcoblowWatch, which reveals the different locations the police roadblocks are. On December 28, the following were the tweets that ensured drunk drivers kept constant tabs on police movements.
@githua92: @AlcoBlowWatch, suspicious activity at Cabanas, heading out of town.
@ChairladyNCTC: @AlcoBlowWatch, I’m at Wilson airport and it’s clear as of now… no idea about Nyayo stadium…?
@ValRassi:@AlcoBlowWatch, Waiyaki way wako kwa gate ya Kabete police sts…walevi wezangu…..unapelekwa kwa cell direct…. (Be careful, the police have a roadblock at the Kabete police station on Waiyaki Way).
@SLesaan:@AlcoBlowWatch, keep away from Westlands roundabout… They are there in full effect.
@wameyokw,@AlcoBlowWatch alcoblow on Ngong Road near Ngong Hills Hotel.
@janbosire: @AlcoBlowWatch, confirmed alcoblow checkpoint under the bridge along mbsa rd (Mombasa Road).
Transport principal secretary Nduva Muli on December 30 revealed that police have collected more than Sh2 million from drunk drivers in one week.