Half of motorists unaware of breathalyser rules in France

18th June 2012

The Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM) is calling on drivers to ensure they make sure to pack a French NF standard breathalyser before embarking on any road trips across the channel this summer.

It comes after a web poll conducted by the road safety group revealed that 50 per cent of motorists were unaware that breathalysers will soon be a legal requirement in all cars in France.

A total of 2,300 motorists were polled as part of the research, with the survey also showing that 82 per cent of people believe the new regulations will have no effect on reducing drink driving in the country.

The survey also revealed that while only 13 per cent believe the new regulations will reduce the number of people driving over the limit, 75 per cent of respondents planned to take the breathalyser with them.

As part of the crackdown on drink driving, the legal limit in France is set to be reduced to 50 mg per 100 ml of blood, as opposed to the 80 mg limit set in place in the UK.

"Agree with the changes or not, from July 1st you will face a fine if you don't carry an NF approved breathalyser while travelling in France," warned IAM chief executive Simon Best.

"While these are a good way of being sure you are safe to drive, if you're going to drink don't drive, and beware the morning after effect."

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