France on Sunday will become the first country to require all drivers, including tourists, to carry hand-held breathalyzers in all vehicles — a move to help the wine-loving country crack down on drunken driving.
The law takes effect July 1 and was approved in March 2011. It is aimed at convincing drivers to check their blood alcohol level before starting their vehicles.
The law is being watched closely by auto safety advocates in the United States. In the U.S., 10,228 people were killed in 2010 in alcohol-related crashes, down 4.9 percent over 2009 France had about 4,000 road deaths in 2011, down from 16,000 annually in the early 1970s.
Nearly 30 percent of road deaths in France are alcohol-related — or about 1,150. That's about the same percentage in the United States.
France has also instituted stricter drunk driving laws and tougher penalties in recent years.
Well of COURSE they have ... "drunk" drivers are one class of witch ... and they know as well as the US politicians that fining witches is a VERY lucrative way to "get funding" for the government. So you just keep lowering the standard to keep the euros flowing, right Jaques?
France requires drivers to carry a first-aid kit, fire extinguisher and spare light bulbs for headlamps.
Ha ha ... what? No tire pump? Spare radio? Toothpicks?
And from a different article:
It is the latest in a series of requirements imposed on drivers by the French Government. Motorists are also legally obliged to carry a warning triangle and fluorescent vest as well ...
Ha ha, a fluorescent vest ... French jackasses. What I want to know is which politician's brother-in-law is in the fluorescent vest and/or "warning triangle" business ... you know ... if they're anything like America.
On Friday, the American Beverage Institute, representing more than 8,000 restaurants, opposed a measure to expand research on alcohol ignition interlocks that could one day prevent drunken drivers from starting their vehicles. D'OH! I have an idea ... how about we put those on the entry doors to the congressional chamber/offices ... how about THAT? I mean, if you're going to be driving the country, shouldn't you be sober?
The highway bill approved by the House and Senate Friday funds the Driver Alcohol Detection System for Safety, a federal program working to create alcohol detection systems for installation as standard equipment in all cars.
Yes, standard in ALL cars ... but don't worry, the price of your car won't go up, these are FREE!!! Everything the government does is FREE!!
And thank you congress ... whatever would we do without the federal government freely squandering our money like that. I'm so GLAD you have time to do this kind of thing while you're bankrupting us. Yes, please, take time out of your busy schedules to see what other things you can do to inflict the government into my daily life ... PLEASE .... I'M AN IDIOT-LIB AND CAN'T LIVE MY LIFE WITHOUT CONSTANT GOVERNMENT APPROVAL AND OVERSIGHT!!
The bill appropriates $5 million in additional funding over two years for the research program.
Oh really, only five million? And who's friend/brother-in-law is getting the money?
LOL @ "additional FUNDING." I'll bet a politician or bureaucrat can't go five minutes without using the word "funding" (or "revenue enhancement.") They're up there getting filthy rich and enriching their filthy friends and relatives with our money. Where are the jourrrrrnalists? Oh, nevermind.