Friday, July 20, 2012

France Breathalyzer Law

Starting November 1, 2012, a new law will be enforced in France that requires all cars, including rentals, to carry a breath-alcohol-testing instrument. If the driver does not have one, he will be fined 17 Euros (about $22).

Single use devices cost about $2.50 each and Hertz says it will provide them for free. No word yet on what Avis and Budget will be doing.

Alcohol limits are tighter in France where 50 mg per 100 ml of blood will put you over the mark. In the U.S., depending upon the state, the range is 80 mg to 100 mg per 100 ml of blood. The minimum penalty in France for driving over the legal limit is 135 Euros (about $180). If the blood alcohol level is over 80 mg, the penalties go through the roof.

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