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Free breathalyzers to be given to motorists

Matthew Warren · 14 May 2012, 10:09

Published: 14 May 2012 10:09 GMT+02:00

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A motoring association is planning to hand out 100,000 breathalyzer kits over the upcoming holiday weekend, as France prepares for a new law requiring every car to carry the alcohol test.

From July 1st, every car travelling in France will be required to carry a breathalyser kit.

To help promote the new rules the organisation '40 millions d'automobolistes' and the motorway operator Vinci have joined forces for a publicity campaign.

Radio station Europe 1 reports that the promotion is also designed to help save lives over the busy Ascension weekend.

"This is a weekend when there are lots of deadly accidents," said Louis Derboulle, the organisation's president. "We want to save 1,000 lives."

"Our aim is to educate and to prevent. French people need to understand that you cannot drive with an alcohol blood level of 0.5 grammes."

Drink driving is believed to be responsible for one in three road deaths in France.

France's death rate on the roads has proved hard to reduce in the last two years. 

In 2011, 3,970 people died on the road, a drop of just 22 on the year before.

Matthew Warren (news.france@thelocal.com)

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Your comments about this article

2012-05-15 08:13:16 by Matthew Warren
It applies to all cars - locals and tourists. Law comes in on July 1st, although we've been told they will only start issuing the fines in November. Can't promise that though.
2012-05-14 18:16:58 by maxbrando
Mercy me. Is this just French-registered cars? hat about tourists?? Folks living near the borders of France?
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