Driving in France - Take Your Breathalyzer!
Thursday, 05 July 2012
Holidaymakers heading for France with their cars should note that a new law came into force in France last Sunday, July 1, making it compulsory for drivers to carry at least two breathalyzer kits in their vehicles or face the risk of having a roadside on-the-spot fine.
Foreign drivers are not exempt from the law, however there is a period of ’grace’ running until November. All motorists are also required to carry with them a fluorescent high visibility vest or jacket and a reflective warning triangle to be used in the event or a breakdown or emergency situation.
The new breathalyzer law is the latest move by the French authorities to bring down the high number of deaths on the roads caused by alcohol. Drink-driving is a major cause of serious accidents, and causes more fatalities even than speeding.
Currently there are two sorts of tests available, a relatively low cost chemical tube and bag which can be used just once, or a higher priced technologically advanced electronic device which can be used over and over again.
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