Why Every Car Should Carry an Alcohol Breathalyzer

Carrying a French NF approved breathalyzer will become a legal requirement when travelling by car through France.

France is the first country to introduce a law that requires every car to carry a breathalyzer. Whether you live in France or whether you travel through France to go to France, you will need to carry one by law. If caught, you will get fined €11 which is not a lot of money, but a nuisance if you have to deal with the police.

In France every year 4000 people die in a car accident, a third of those as a result of alcohol. These drastic measures are a sign that the French Government wants to stamp out a culture of drink driving and wants to reduce deaths by road accidents to fewer than 3000. In fact the new measures will cost the State a lot more money because fines for drink driving which are currently set very low, will have to be increased to ensure that the burden of settling up the large number of fines will be easier to handle.

The new law means that every passenger will need to hold a breathalyzer for all drinks. This is such a long time supply (30 weeks) that it will soon become impossible to get a taxi visa and be allowed to drive a car. Taxi licenses will be denied to anyone above 16 years old so already the taxi trade has taken a nosedive, but other transports will be unaffected because the vast majority of French people are against drinking and driving.

France is going after drink drivers like a roaring lion, because it sees fit to make a law enforcement priority. tough on drink drivers as the number of drunk drivers is rising every year in France, with an increase in reported cases. In the U.S. there were nearly three drink driving deaths for every 100,000 people last year, a staggering example of how perilous driving can be.

In France every three months, the agency for public Bastille security (les patries) releases a report on all the reported casualties resulting from roadway accidents. In the SciTech arena, they are even more veracious, since their data goes back a year.

The number of road deaths in France from highway accidents must be put into perspective. Out of the 17, Cage feller (a man who drives a car as a hobby) drowned while fishing on the Loire River in 2009. A man who was reported to have suffered a heart attack while driving also drowned.

In 2010 there were 8 deaths on motorways of which at least 4 were the result of road accidents. About 41,000 accidents occur on French roads every year, which is virtually the same number as in the United States, according to the NAPA (Napa County of Californiaraffics).

While we always want to drive safely, we must first consider the potential for accidents by considering two major factors. Radars (accidental usage) and distraction by others.

distractions by others include hand held cell phones which cause readings that are not pertinent to the task of driving, a cell phone in a back pocket able to be picked up and used at any time, a laptop computer although the hands-free device is used only on demand and a hands-on device that must be used to take calls. All these distractions increase the risk of accidents.

distractions themselves must be managed so accidents will never happen.

It’s all about staying safe on the roads that lead to accidents.

Obviously an electronic beacon that beeps like a distress call for help will be useful. Other beeps may be warnings to other drivers or hill climbers trying to pass on mountain roads. Hill climbers must always be told of the roughness of the roadbeds since safety glasses and ground mirrors are difficult to see through. Any driver who has had a heart attack or stroke and had a pacemaker must wear a bracelet that alarms them with a flashing yellow light. Carpal tunnel vision can be created by looking through the driver’s side window as far ahead as possible. Other vision systems, such as those using alternating lights, also use a laserometer to measure the darkness level. Both blind-driving and high-speed driving can cause tunnel vision.

In order to get further out of your way, you will need to take a tempo-aid upon arrival at your destination. You can get an old one, a discount one or even a expired one, provided by the rental car company. Do not take a literal approach to the metaphor. You can take more time to get out of your way than you usually do.

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