Breathalysers in France

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  1. Glyn and Debbie

    Glyn and Debbie Funster

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    I am sure someone on here will know the answer to this, do you need to carry breathalysers in France, I am sure I read somewhere that the French government had put a stop to it saying it was unenforceable. :helpsos:

    MERRY CHRISTMAS AND A HAPPY NEW YEAR TO ALL YOU FUNSTERS :Smile::BigGrin::Laughing:
     
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    Take them anyway; foreign police usually have two sets of rules

    1.They Enforce if you are not native:cry::cry:

    2. One they ignore if you are native.:Wink::Wink:

    Even if they are the same set of rules.:Eeek::Eeek:
    Roger & Sheila:Smile::BigGrin:
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    Hi, Carry 2, so if you get stopped and need to use one, you still have one left.

    Also, get them designed for France, so the measure of alcohol per litre of blood is correct, as is different from UK.

    Got mine from amazon, about £10, but just to save any problems,

    Sue :wine:
     
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    Currently the official date when fines can be issued is March 1st 2013 it may well be deferred again by that time
     
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    Buy in France

    They aren't yet enforced, good idea to have though.
    Don't buy in UK, they cost soewhat under 2Euro in most French supermarkets
     
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    ... and in bar-tabacs ...
     
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    Two for £5-99p plus a bit of postage at Johns Cross (less Funsters discount of course:thumb:)

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    Short shelf life

    There is really no point in buying the French breathalisers before the law is enforced, if it ever will be, as they have quite a short shelf life.

    I bought some earlier this year, totally unnecessarily as it turned out as the enforcement date was put back and they expire mid 2013:Angry:.

    Next time I will not buy any more until the law has been confirmed and then make sure I don't get palmed off with old shelf stock.

    P.S. Sue, you was robbed at that price
     
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    Just a point if you get stopped before you have a chance to buy in France you will have none, I got two of EBay cost about £4 delivered, we will be coming up from Spain next year so got them here. Pete :thumb:
     
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    Breathalysers

    €1.10 in France good for two years, £5.99 for two on Boats when I last looked (no postage), been stop twice this year and not asked for them, wait till the law that may come in or buy in France I would not pay UK price.
    How many of you on here were stop in France this year ?.
    Gus
     
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    Sue ...you don't need 2 "so if you get stopped and need to use one you still have one left" as you are controlled by police's breathalizer. The one you have to carry in the car is one to test you BEFORE you drive. So if you think you are going to drive , then drink then drive then drink then drive then drink then drive ....you 'll need 3 . The many more times you drink and know you're going to drive the many more breathalizers you must carry.
    On the other hand ... there is so few breathalizers left that the french governement had to delay the fining. We'll see in March if governement decide to give an end to this law. No need to panic .... police can't do anything!

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    I went to France for 1st time this year in Motorhome. Tell me, what do the Police look like??
    Do they stop all, random or what/why?
    What are they checking?
    Am I lucky as I never get stopped in UK either and did 30k miles p.a.
     
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    depends if you are motorway or not i think its green for off motorway and blue on uniforms that is i have seen a few only unlike here they are scarce
     
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    Have been traveling in France for over 40 years and have never been stopped by the Police once...am I just lucky?:thumb:
     
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    We were stopped just after lunchtime by gendarmes soon after moving to France (driving a UK-reg car) and I was breathalysed (no, I had not indulged at lunch!). Random stops are not unusual here, and with the lower limit it is not worth risking it.

    Incidentally, whilst the law on carrying breathalysers may be scrapped, if you do buy them they must be marked NF - they would not be legal without this.

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    Wat do thay cost peanuts less than £10 just get some and take them then their is no problems just get NF ones and thay will be Their if you need them:thumb:
     
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    Yes you do need breathalisers in France and you should carry two it is still underdiscussion about date but we are told living in france we must carry them Hope that helps
     
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    :Smile: what happen's when the police make you use one are you then done for only having one ! :Rofl1:
     
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