B-day for mo­torists

French bring in law that ev­ery car must carry a per­sonal breathal­yser

Herald Sun - Motoring - - Car News -

hol­i­day­mak­ers to the sun­shine spots in the coun­try.

Police have been in­structed not to im­pose fines, set at $14, un­til Novem­ber.

The Trans­port Ministry in France con­firms the reg­u­la­tion ap­plies to ev­ery car driv­ing on the coun­try’s roads, in­clud­ing for­eign vis­i­tors in cars regis­tered out­side the coun­try.

The blood al­co­hol limit in France is the same as Aus­tralia at 0.05, but the death toll on the coun­try’s roads has not di­min­ished in re­cent years. The fig­ure for 2011 was 4000 deaths, only a slight re­duc­tion on 2010.

The sin­gle-use breathal­yser is in­tended to al­low driv­ers to self-test be­fore hit­ting the road, but driv­ers are be­ing rec­om­mended to have two units in the car, to keep one in re­serve for any police check.

Road safety reg­u­la­tors in Europe have forced through re­quire­ments for a num­ber of on­board items in re­cent years, and any­one driv­ing in France is al­ready re­quired to carry a re­flec­tive warn­ing tri­an­gle and a flu­o­res­cent safety vest— which must be in the pas­sen­ger cabin and not the boot. This is in ad­di­tion to a first aid kit, fire ex­tin­guisher and spare bulbs for the car’s lights.

If any­thing is miss­ing, it brings a fine of $125.

On look­out: Police will check that mo­torists have a breathal­yser

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