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French Drivers Face Mandatory Breathalysers

Posted: July 1st, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Auto News, Favorite New Thought, Grilled | Tags: , , , | Comments Off on French Drivers Face Mandatory Breathalysers

French Drivers Faced With Mandatory In-Car BreathalysersFrom Sunday drivers in France will be obliged to carry breathalysers in their cars, in the latest measure aimed at cutting the number of alcohol-related deaths on the road. The idea is that with a breathalyser in every car, drivers who suspect they may be over the limit can test themselves and if necessary refrain from taking the wheel.

The previous government, which gave the go ahead, said it hoped the program might save around 500 lives every year. The breathalyser kits come in two forms: an expensive electronic device, which can be reused, or cheap single use, chemical kits which cost around $AU2.

The government has put a four month grace period in place until demand can be met. There is currently a serious shortage of devices, tens of millions of breathalysers are going to need to be supplied.