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French Are Requiring Drivers To Carry Own Breathalyzers

The French government is now requiring drivers to carry breathalyzer kits in their vehicles at all times or face a fine.

About 4,000 people each year are killed in traffic accidents in France, and many are alcohol-related. The government hopes the new law saves at least 500 lives annually. Under the law — there is a grace period until Nov. 1 — any driver (except for moped users) stopped without a breathalyzer will be fined 11 euros (about $14) on the spot. Foreign drivers are also included, and police will conduct random checks on visitors arriving via the Channel Tunnel or on ferries.

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