Drivers unaware of foreign drink-drive limits as French law shelved | News | Breaking Travel News
The French government’s decision to postpone indefinitely plans to fine drivers for failing to carry a breathalyser kit in their car highlights the lack of knowledge British visitors have of drink-drive limits when on the continent, says a company specialising in French holidays.
France’s Minister of Interior has announced fines for motorists who do not carry a kit in their vehicle – previously due to come into force on 1 March – have been shelved. All drivers in France are required to carry a breathalyser, and those without would have been liable for an €11 (£9.50) fine. Additionally, drivers in France must also carry a warning triangle and a high-visibility safety vest.
According to UK-based French holiday cottage specialists gites.co.uk, British drivers should still take heed of the breathalyser rule, and be aware of France’s tougher drink-drive limits.
“Even though traffic police won’t have the power to issue fines,” said Duncan Pollard, “you should still carry one of the readily-available disposable kits with you as part of your in-car safety equipment.
“Many people don’t realise that the drink-drive limit in France is around half that of the UK, and the kit should serve as a reminder of the tougher laws on the continent.”