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#1    Still Waters

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Posted 21 February 2012 - 04:08 PM

www.dailymail.co.uk said:

They have penalised British drivers for not carrying a warning triangle or a fluorescent safety vest.

Now French police have another weapon to wield against holidaymakers a law insisting all motorists have a breathalyser kit in their cars.

The gadgets, designed so that drivers can test themselves to ensure they are under drink-drive limits, are the latest addition to a list of rules for driving on the other side of the Channel.

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Posted 21 February 2012 - 08:00 PM

This law I feel is being put onto us holiday makers as they have seen all the things our police and government  are charging us for and just know its an easy way to raise revenue .ie: speed cams, fuel prices ,road tax we have fines and charges for everything ,the French I assume think if there stupid enough to pay why not .


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Posted 21 February 2012 - 09:40 PM

What the heck is the problem with this??

In Mainland Europe you have to carry Luminous vests for each passenger that they can reach from inside the car (If you break down on a main highway you need other motorists to know you are there), a Luminous triangle if you break down (placed c50 mtrs behind your car), and spare Lights for your main driving lights should thery fail

The addition of 2 breathalyser kits is insignificant, but can be used as positive evidence if you are stupid enough to drink and drive.

yet another another stupid thread that only highlights Brits inability to accept basic safety protocols.

I carry all of these things even in Spain, and if my breathalyser says I have had too many then I simply get the bus or a taxi - possibly another life saved!!


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Posted 21 February 2012 - 10:39 PM

If you are on a main road and discover your headlight is out the last thing you should do is pull over and change it in the dark...even if the person knew how and had the tools. Pulling over on a highway is for emergencies only and some headlights are a bear to get into. With the way most streets are lit up around here you probably wouldn't even know it was out. Except for the vest, I have the rest and more.

I would not be inclined to buy a breathalyser, because I know the equivalent of driving drunk is two drinks where I live. It doesn't take a rocket scientist.

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Posted 22 February 2012 - 06:43 PM

View PostMichelle, on 21 February 2012 - 10:39 PM, said:

If you are on a main road and discover your headlight is out the last thing you should do is pull over and change it in the dark...even if the person knew how and had the tools. Pulling over on a highway is for emergencies only and some headlights are a bear to get into. With the way most streets are lit up around here you probably wouldn't even know it was out. Except for the vest, I have the rest and more.

I would not be inclined to buy a breathalyser, because I know the equivalent of driving drunk is two drinks where I live. It doesn't take a rocket scientist.



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Posted 22 February 2012 - 06:51 PM

It's not a case of Brits inibility of safety protocols my brother and mother were both killed by a drink driver . Now assuming we had the same rules and regs anyone dumb enough to be going for a drink even for the slightest drop if the keys are on them then throw the book at em I guess what I'm trying to say is this breathalyser is just going to be a reason for someone to have a drink use it if it's. Clear they can drive , daft ! Everyone body deals with drink in other ways one glass can still kill penalising people for not having is just raiseing money .


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Posted 22 February 2012 - 07:22 PM

Just a money making scheme from French gov and the police officer who gets bonus points with each ticket past their required quota

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Posted 23 February 2012 - 12:40 AM

View Postkeithisco, on 21 February 2012 - 09:40 PM, said:

yet another another stupid thread that only highlights Brits inability to accept basic safety protocols.


No, it's a news paper article.

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Posted 23 February 2012 - 04:55 PM

I am , of course, referring to the fact that a Thread has been opened with the implication that this Law is stupid.

It is not stupid, it places a tiny burden on Motorists, and could save lives....


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Posted 24 February 2012 - 06:19 AM

View Postkeithisco, on 23 February 2012 - 04:55 PM, said:

I am , of course, referring to the fact that a Thread has been opened with the implication that this Law is stupid.

It is not stupid, it places a tiny burden on Motorists, and could save lives....
It is a stupid law like only the French are capable of.. it's a money making thing, like most law that involves cars.  French police are only for making money via tickets.  They have a quota to present every month and if they go above they get cash bonuses which of course creates situation when police literally entrqppes motorists and here the french parliament just gave them one more tool.
If the police was really in on the safety of the people they would show up to #17 calls (17 is like 911 in th US) but in most cases they don't;  There are several breakins in the entire country particularly on week-end and no call to 17 is answered because cops are on the road giving breathalizer test to partiers.  
I do agree there are a lot of stupid drivers but having a breathalizer in the car will not stop a drunk driver to go behind the wheel unless it hooked to the ignition.

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Posted 24 February 2012 - 02:47 PM

Don't panic I sell hundreds of these mobile breath testers each year. Only 4 each delivered.  :tu:

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Posted 24 February 2012 - 03:03 PM

View Postskookum, on 24 February 2012 - 02:47 PM, said:

Don't panic I sell hundreds of these mobile breath testers each year. Only 4 each delivered.  :tu:
This is precisely my point - the device is very cheap, the French Police or Govt make no profit from it, small business does, and it is not stipulated by the French Authorities that it must be bought in France.

Instead of using the "17"  number in France it would be better to use the 112 because it immediately identifies you as a citizen in distress.


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Posted 24 February 2012 - 03:11 PM

View Postkeithisco, on 24 February 2012 - 03:03 PM, said:

This is precisely my point - the device is very cheap, the French Police or Govt make no profit from it, small business does, and it is not stipulated by the French Authorities that it must be bought in France.

Instead of using the "17"  number in France it would be better to use the 112 because it immediately identifies you as a citizen in distress.
Beats the heck out of me which number to call I'm just a stoopid Yannk.... but I know one thing about France:  how many tickets foreigners who are unaware of the law will receive?  This is the cash cow I was talking about!

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Posted 24 February 2012 - 03:38 PM

View PostParacelse, on 24 February 2012 - 03:11 PM, said:

Beats the heck out of me which number to call I'm just a stoopid Yannk.... but I know one thing about France:  how many tickets foreigners who are unaware of the law will receive?  This is the cash cow I was talking about!

If a foreign tourist gets a ticket (that is not an On The Spot Fine), then they simply do not pay it. The French Authorities do not have the time or manpower to follow up driving infractions overseas.

112 is recognised as the emergency number in ALL EU states and is monitored at EU level for responsiveness.

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Posted 24 February 2012 - 04:00 PM

View Postkeithisco, on 23 February 2012 - 04:55 PM, said:

I am , of course, referring to the fact that a Thread has been opened with the implication that this Law is stupid.

It is not stupid, it places a tiny burden on Motorists, and could save lives....
Or they could just not drink and drive, that would save even more lives.

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