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New French Law


natdoor
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I have heard that the French are introducing a law to the effect that from July every motorist must carry a breathalyser. I can'treally see how this will impact on the awful accident rate in France. Don't traffic policemen carry breathalysers? Are pedestrians to be allowed to stop a car and demand that the driver takes a test? Or is one supposed breathalyse oneself before settingout or on resuming a journey after a sojourn at a hostelry?

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john bunyan

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natdoor If only someone would invent a foolproof gadget that links the drivers breath with a device that prevents an engine starting if the have had a drink.. Maybe a clever school child will adapt a Raspberry Pi! Also, IMHO, alcoholics caught drink - driving should have licences removed until proved to be in sobriety.

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OTT_B

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john bunyan

It's been done

Toyota

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john bunyan

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OTT_B. Thanks.I just wish it could become a universal, compulsory, device!

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WhiteTruckMan

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Personally I think it's a badly thought through dumb idea. If the police catch you drink driving, then is the punishment going to be made worse because your could or should have known better? Do you have to retain the used one to produce as evidence? If so, whats to say you blew into it before you started drinking?

On another note, I was caught for drink driving 2 years ago by the gendarmerie. They set up a sting operation at a roundabout, with officers on all 4 exits pulling cars and breathalysing the drivers. We had been out for a good time when we were stopped, I was pulled out, breathalysed, found positive and handcuffed in nothing flat. It took much pointing and gesturing to make them realise that although they saw me get out of the drivers seat, it was a british car with right hand drive and I had in fact got out of the passenger seat. The big giveaway was no steering wheel in front of my seat! After some gallic laughter of epic proportions I was sent on my way, even if they didnt actually breathalyse the real driver (who was sober).

WTM

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Forum Editor

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"...is the punishment going to be made worse because your could or should have known better?"

That's entirely possible,and it makes sense, but it's not why drivers must carry the breathalyser kit. The French government is about to lower the maximum blood alcohol limit, and it wants drivers to be able to test themselves if they're unsure.

"Do you have to retain the used one to produce as evidence? If so, whats to say you blew into it before you started drinking?"

No, you don't have to retain your own breathalyser, the police rely on their own reading at the time.

The best advice anyone can give a driver about to take to the roads in France is 'don't drink any alcohol at all'.

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Bingalau

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Is this law applicable to tourists passing through? If so we will probably have to buy our breathalyser kit at Dover or wherever before going near the place.

All those Frenchies smell of garlic anyway, I wonder if that would bamboozle a cheapo breathalyser?

I think I will go to Europe in future via Hamburg.

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OTT_B

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"I think I will go to Europe in future via Hamburg."

Driving in France has required carrying a high viz jacket, bulb kit, triangle, sometimes snow chains, driving licence and proof of insurance for a long time. I don't see any issue with putting a couple of £1.50 breathalysers in the car as well.

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WhiteTruckMan

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My issue is, unlike the other items one has to carry, the effectiveness and usefulness of these things.

I will also be curious to see who will be targeted in checks for these things:french or non french drivers. In an ideal world it should be irrelevant. In practice - come on, this is france we are talking about! If you want to know about french bias ask any british truck driver who has driven over there.

WTM

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morddwyd

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"I think I will go to Europe in future via Hamburg."

Don't forget to carry your high viz jacket, bulb kit, triangle, driving licence, proof of insurance and your officially approved first aid kit, which is for use by the emergency services and not you, and should be unopened, all compulsory in Germany!.

Incidentally, Hamburg has the worst rush hour traffic I've ever seen, including Paris, Rome and London.

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WhiteTruckMan

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Hamburg has the worst rush hour traffic I've ever seen, including Paris, Rome and London

So you've never been to milan then?

WTM

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