Warning over breathalyser France

Motorists heading to France for holidays this summer will have to carry a breathalyser kit in their vehicles, it has been revealed.

The warning from the IAM comes as drivers in France prepare for rules meaning they'll have to carry one of the kits by July 1.

There will then follow a grace period to allow the new rules to bed themselves in. However, drivers not complying by November will be handed an 11 euro fine.

Motorists heading into France for holidays will be able to pick up a sufficient breathalyser kit from ferry and tunnel terminals. They will cost no more than £2.

People will be urged to test how much alcohol is in their blood before driving on France's roads. The country's limit is lower than in the UK, with people showing 50mg per 100ml of blood deemed over the limit. Motoring offences committee in France can result in a fine and may still affect car insurance premiums back home.

IAM director of policy and research Neil Greig said: "The new French rule is a genuine attempt to reduce the number of alcohol-related accidents. France's lower limit means it's very easy to be over the limit the morning after as well.

"As always, the best advice for motorists is not to drink and drive at all."

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