It’s not until you start prepping for a big European trip that you realise just how many driving laws there are to think about in each country. And just when I thought I’d got every conceivable piece of kit to make me legal throughout Europe (think warning triangles, spare bulbs, hi-vis jackets, warning sign for the bike rack…), France has gone and added another legal requirement. Now, anyone driving any vehicle must have a breathalyser kit with them in the vehicle at all times.
I can’t quite see the logic in this since you’d imagine that if you were stopped for suspected drink-driving, the police might want to use their own high-end breathalysers, and not your disposable ones. But the law is the law, so we must comply. Apparently Eurotunnel and the ferry companies will all sell these on board and at terminals, but I’m the type who likes to be prepared well in advance, so I’ve tracked down these breathalyser kits at Halfords. They are fully compliant with the new French law, so you can be sure that you’re fully law-abiding.
Of course, it goes without saying that the best policy is not to drink and drive at all, not even a teensy glass!