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New French law for motorists
Date Listed: 24/02/2012
From July all motorists driving in France will be required to have a breathalyzer kit in their car; this will apply regardless of whether drivers are just passing through or plan to holiday in the country. Failure to comply with these new rules will result in a €11 fine. Single use breathalysers will be available at all ferry and rail terminals and will cost up to £2, however multiple use devices are also available.
The new rules add to the existing laws for all motorists driving in France to carry a warning triangle and a high-visibility vest.
The legal drunk-driving limit is lower in France (50mg per 100ml of blood) which means motorists are more likely to be over the limit the next morning, the breathalyzers give people a chance to test themselves when they are unsure if they are over the limit, stopping people from driving whilst it is still dangerous.
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