Driving in France? Gotta Carry a Breathalyzer
New law will save lives, government hopes
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted Jul 3, 2012 10:25 AM CDT
An employee of the Pelimex company checks a breathalyser (Ethylotest) in Ingwiller, eastern France, on June 26, 2012.   (Getty Images)

(Newser) – France is serious about cutting down on drunk driving: A new law requires all drivers in the country to carry a breathalyzer in their vehicles or be fined. Car accidents kill 4,000 people there each year, and drunk driving is the main cause of those accidents, the BBC reports. The government hopes the move will save 500 lives annually by encouraging those who feel boozy to test themselves before deciding to get behind the wheel.

But the fine for ignoring the law isn't huge, at just under $14. But it will apply to all drivers in the country, including foreigners, after November 1; random checks will be put in place to enforce it. It doesn't go into effect until then because there is a shortage of breathalyzer kits—tens of millions will be needed, a huge boon to manufacturers. In fact, some opponents of the law claim it was only passed because the industry lobbied for it.

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Jul 3, 2012 6:07 PM CDT
Unless you're gay or adopted.
Jul 3, 2012 11:54 AM CDT
I'm sure psychotic, control freaks like duxurbian would fully support this crap here in the USA. We need to deport these criminals before they push their will onto the rest of the country, they are sadistic and will do anything whether it's lying, cheating or blackmail to get their way.
Jul 3, 2012 11:22 AM CDT
So Fucking Stupid ! And what is that supposed to accomplish? If you have to carry one of these, you should not even have access to a vehicle. If you are so Drunk that you need to rely on this(Like you are even going to think about using it) you shouldn't be drinking in the first place!