Having spend the past few weeks in France (the part that doesn’t vote for Monsieur Hollande) I was interested in this item;
A new law has come into force in France making it compulsory for drivers to carry two breathalyser kits in their vehicles or risk an on-the-spot fine. It is the latest move by the government aimed at bringing down the number of road deaths caused by alcohol. All motorists must also have with them a high-visibility safety vest and a warning triangle. Foreign drivers are included in the new rule, however there is a grace period until November. Some 4,000 people are killed on French roads every year, with drink-driving being cited as the main factor in accidents ahead even of speeding.
Having sat in a number of French bars in recent times (!)one of the things that struck me as unusual was the number of local French people who clearly were drinking several classes of alcohol and they got in their car and drove off! In one case, I saw two women sitting drinking wine, they were joined by some Police Officers – they had a laugh – and they then drove off in their car! Remarkable.
I came to the conclusion that based on what I saw the issue of drink/driving is NOT such a big issue for local people in the south of France. I don’t really think the Police enforce it. Those of us who live in countries where the notion of even taking a sip of alcohol is considered a virtual crime may want to reflect why the French take a rather different attitude. Hollande, a true Nanny Stater, seeks to change the way the French behave – I suspect he has his work cut out for him.