New French Law

  natdoor 08:26 03 Mar 2012

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?

  morddwyd 08:30 03 Mar 2012

"Don't traffic policemen carry breathalysers?"

Don't know about France, but in the UK they don't, they sometimes have to send for one.

Such a law would at least get rid of the excuse that you didn't know you were over the limit, since you could/should have tested yourself.

  natdoor 08:45 03 Mar 2012

You surprise me, morddwyd. Fortunately I have no personal experience but was under the impression that all police cars carried breathalysers in the UK.

If a person checks himself before starting a journet and fails, if he drives he still has to be caught, so I still don't see the point.

  Terry Brown 10:03 03 Mar 2012

Any sensible person should know by now that you need FULL concentration on the roads (especially around town) and anything that reduces that is a hazard.

This includes Drink, drugs,mobile phone or texting, playing with the smart phone or just having the radio going full blast; Moderate volume can help you too relax and make you more consious of what is going on. Talking to someone in the back seat also means you tend to turn your head away from the road.

Driving is more than just sitting behind the wheel and aiming it in the direction you want to go.


  Kevscar1 11:49 03 Mar 2012

you have to know which pedal to press and when as well

  Forum Editor 11:58 03 Mar 2012

"Or is one supposed breathalyse oneself before settingout or on resuming a journey after a sojourn at a hostelry?"

Precisely - that's the idea.

Quite a few years ago I did some work for a company which ran a chain of pubs. They had a rule that all staff who drove on company business should carry breathalysers in the car, and should test themselves if there was the slightest chance that they might be over the limit. Then, anyone who was subsequently caught by police, and tested over the limit would automatically face dismissal.

In truth, the only sensible law would be one that had a zero limit on blood alcohol for drivers.

  john bunyan 12:13 03 Mar 2012

The rule will be that you have always to have a one use breathaliser, which means you need at least two so you have one ready after the first use. The the off ones are quite cheap (£1.50) and the fine for not having one is 11 Euros.

  OTT_B 14:19 03 Mar 2012

Slightly off topic, but still related, France are also introducing a law soon (or may already have done so?) that you are not allowed any speed camera warning devices in your car - this includes warnings that are inbuilt into sat nav systems.

  Woolwell 14:50 03 Mar 2012

When you update TomTom a warning about speed cameras in France comes up with the option to remove all data about French cameras.

  sunnystaines 16:26 03 Mar 2012

false security, if you have a lot to drink, get in the car. and that alcohol has not yet maxed out in your blood and you get a neg reading then 20 mins on your blood hits max concentration without your knowledge then the police bag you you could well be over.

  natdoor 17:01 03 Mar 2012

So teetotallers have to carry a brethalyser. And someone who has drunk and tests positive is supposed not to drive. But if he does drive he will only be convicted if involved in an accident or stopped by the police for some reason. How many drink/drivers will take any notice of their positive result? Total lunacy if you ask me. Perhaps I should invest in breathalyser manufacturers

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