Traveling to France? Motorists now required to carry breathalyzer or risk fine

By Elaine N. Schoch

Traveling to France anytime soon? Planning on renting a car or driving in France? If so you need to be made aware of a new law the French government has just imposed on ALL drivers making it compulsory to carry a breathalyzer kit when driving in France. The new law was created in a move aimed at cutting drunk-driving accidents with a goal of saving at least 500 lives (4,000 people die annually due to alcohol related driving accidents).

All drivers in France must carry a breathalyzer kit in their vehicles or risk an on-the-spot fine. All motorists must also have with them a high-visibility safety vest and a warning triangle. Foreign drivers are included in the new rule, however there is a grace period until November. French police have reported they will be doing random checks on drivers entering the country on ferries and the Channel Tunnel. Drivers who fail to produce a breathalyzer kit after 1 November will face a fine of 11 euros. Mopeds are excluded from the new rules.

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