Published on Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Going to France? Get a breathalyser

British holidaymakers driving to France this year should be warned they need to carry breathalyser kits in their cars to comply with new laws.


The gadgets, which allow drivers to test their own alcohol levels to make sure they are under the drink-drive limits, will be obligatory for all motorists in France from July, according to the Daily Mail.


The French drink-driving limit is 50mg, which is 30mg lower than in the UK. Drivers found with between 50mg and 80mg of alcohol in 100ml of blood can be fined €135 and gain six points on their licence. Drivers with more alcohol face fines of €4,500 and a two-year prison sentence.


Drivers caught without a kit - available from ferry and train terminals from £1 to £2 -  could be fined €11, although police are not expected to start enforcing the fines until November.



By Linsey McNeill

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  • Six points on your license

    Six points on your (UK) license. How does that work then?

    By John Ette, Tuesday, February 21, 2012

  • Get the right breathalyser

    Your article doesn"t mention that the breathalyser you take across has to be NF approved (which is like the French version of the BSI standard). If it"s not NF you"ll still be breaking the law and get fined. We travel over to France a lot and a UK company manufactures an NF approved breathalyser which is £4.99 for a twin pack. They are called the Alcosense Singles and you can get them from the AlcoSense website

    By Ray White, Tuesday, February 21, 2012

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