mandatory Breathalyzer: what the law says

mandatory Breathalyzer: what the law says

Regulations require drivers to hold a breathalyzer (breath test) in their cars. But HTA is no punishment for violations.

Drinking and driving is one of the main causes of road deaths each year. To prevent the risk of accidents, traffic regulations require the presence of a breath test in vehicles of motorists to better empower.

Pricing and purchase

Since 1 March 2013, motorists are required to have a breathalyzer in working in their vehicle. This device, which is used to assess the amount of alcohol in the breath, allows a driver to know if his condition prevents him or not to drive. This measure aims to increase accountability of the motorist when it has consumed alcohol.

Breathalyzers are available in supermarkets at prices ranging between 1 and 3 euros. They are disposable. It is also possible to purchase a reusable electronic ethylotest, but its price is much more expensive (in general, have at least 100 euros).

Note that this requirement is in addition to the recent lowering of the permitted alcohol level for young drivers.

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Control and sanction

In case of control by the security forces, lack of breathalyser was originally to be punished by a fine of 11 euros. By a decree of 28 February 2013, the government abolished that penalty, which had previously come into force on 1 March 2013.

A motorist offense therefore incurs no penalty. It simply sets a reminder of the law.

See as well

  • Control and breathalyzer
  • Alcohol and drug driving, penalties
  • How to recover lost license points?

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