December 6, 2011
France: breathalyzers to be compulsory in all cars

Every car in France will have to be equipped with a breathalyzer from the spring of 2012.

The new plan will force every driver to have a breathalyzer kit in their cars so they can check their alcohol level before driving.

The president’s office said in a statement on Thursday that a kit costs just €1.50 to €2 ($2 to $2.70).

Anyone caught without a kit will face a €17 ($23) fine.

The president has made it a personal crusade to cut the number of road deaths in France. In 2007 he pledged to get the annual number of deaths below 3,000 in 2012, which now seems unlikely.

The total fell just below 4,000 for the first time ever in 2010, with a total number of 3,994 deaths. The figure for 2011 is likely to be similar. (via The Local)

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