Alcohol tester will be mandatory in France with effect from 01 July 2012

Drunk-driving is no trivial offence! This is why in recent years, strict controls have been made. So far the driver was given a breath testing tube, however, the French government has now introduced a new procedure.

Drunk-driving is no trivial offence! This is why in recent years, strict controls have been made. So far the driver was given a breath testing tube, however, the French government has now introduced a new procedure: With effect from 01 July 2012, all vehicle operators - no matter whether natives, tourists or professional drivers - must carry their own breath tester along.  Those who do not dispose of their own breath tester will risk to have to pay a fine, even if they have not consumed any alcohol. In France, as well as in Germany, the blood alcohol limit is 0.5%. The required single-use tester can be bought at pharmacies and drug stores in France and, particularly, at petrol stations. It costs between 1.00 and 1.50 EUR and usually expires after two years.

For the time being, an adaptation phase until 31 October 2012 has been designated, during which drunk-driving controls will be carried out and no fines will have to be paid. However, with effect from 01 November 2012, fines will have to be paid. If a driver does not dispose of an unused tester, a fine of 11.00 EUR will be payable. This directive will only be valid in France. It is not planned to implement this directive in Germany.

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