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New French law makes alcohol tests mandatory in every car

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It will be mandatory in France for all motorists to have a breathalyser test in the car, under a new rule to take effect on 1 July.

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The move is part of a bid to reduce drink driving which is the cause of one in three road deaths in France.

It will apply to all motorised land vehicles except mopeds, and drivers caught without the test in their car will face a fine of 11 euros from 1 November.

President Nicolas Sarkozy promised the measure in November and disposable breathalysers have been available in French bars and nightclubs since then.

Since January 2010, new coaches have been equipped with breathalyser tests which prevent drivers starting the ignition until the test is taken.

The devices are to be installed in all coaches by the start of the 2015 school year.

A total of 3,970 people died on French roads in 2011, 22 fewer than in 2010.

When Sarkozy came to power in 2007 he set the government the ambitious
target of reducing annual road deaths to 3,000 by 2012.

 

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