Government regulation is driving motorists crazy in France where they risk a fine if they don’t carry two breathalyzer kits in their cars, according a BBC report.
In addition to the kits and other government requirements, drivers must have a high-visibility safety vest onboard and a warning triangle, according to a BBC report.
The law went into effect on July 1, however there is a four-month grace period - partially due to a shortage of the government-mandated breathalyzer kits in the country.
According to the BBC, there are two types of acceptable kits: expensive electronic ones that can be re-used, and cheap chemical ones. Meanwhile there are only two (very fortunate) companies in France that produce the devices. Drivers’ groups apparently claim that the measure has been “foisted on France” by clever lobbying.
French police claim the measure will be enforced through random traffic stops intended to curb drunk driving, according to a separate MSNBC report.
While a British driver said the “whole idea…sounds like nonsense,” the New York Daily News is reporting that “some law enforcement officials in the United States said mandatory breathalyzers in cars could be taken for a spin here.”
“If they were mandatory in every vehicle, the roads would be safer, there’s no doubt about that,” Capt. Ted Richardson of the Laurens County Sheriff’s Office in South Carolina said.
Even if such regulations aren’t implemented on a federal level, like in France, states could further regulate drivers in such ways.