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Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Dont blow it under tough new French drink driving laws

SELF-drive holidays specialists, DriveAway Holidays has a novel surprise in glove-boxes for clients collecting one of their rental or long-term lease cars, people-movers or motorhomes when visiting or driving into France – two disposable breath-test kits.

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It's because from 1 July 2012 France has made it compulsory for all vehicles to have a breath test kit on board for drivers to self-check their alcohol level, with an on-the-spot fine of Euro11 (approx AU$13.50) if you are stopped by police and don't have one.

"Our suppliers are putting two into every vehicle on pick-up so if you are stopped by police and have already used one kit, you've still a spare until you've time to purchase a replacement at a supermarket or service station for around AU$2.50 to $5," said DriveAway's Senior Marketing Manager, Chris Cowley.

The legal blood-alcohol limit for drivers in France is 0.05%, although while the new self breath-test laws came into force on July 1, they won't be enforced until November 1 this year.

For more information contact DriveAway Holidays on 1300 363 500 or visit

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