We met him during the United Nations Development Program Consultative forum. Stephen Muchiri, is an innovator who has developed an auto Alco blow that will detect and monitor drunk driving.
“The device will give the drunk driver a warning of five minutes to park the car. If the driver fails to comply, the car will stop.” He explained during an interview with Mobile Journalism Africa, at Radison Blu, Arboretum Drive Nairobi.
Muchiri’s device is designed to send a message to the driver’s friend or family informing them that he or she cannot drive in his or her condition. To how the Alco blow will stop drunk driving, he elaborated that it will prevent the car’s ignition from starting.
The project which supports Sustainable Development Goal number three “good health and well being” was birthed from an experience with a drunk driver.
Muchiri who is a graduate of Bachelor of Science (Control and Instrumentation) from Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology, projects that by early 2020, the project will have been adopted and commercialized.
Should he get the necessary support that he seeks and hopes to find, drunk driving will be a thing of the past. The Alco blow will detect the drunk driver from his or her breath the moment he or she takes the wheel. The driver need not blow into it.
The Consultative Forum that was held on 31st October 2019, brought together different government officials, UN agencies, development partners, academia, and foundations among others. In his opening remarks, Walid Badawi, UNDP Resident Representative intimated that the forum was an awareness platform for UNDP’s Accelerator Lab which seeks to provide opportunities for supporting Kenya’s developmental aspirations.
“It will connect local nuances to the global mind-set,” he concluded.