Is this a true and valid news item?
How would this impact or concern those who rent cars to drive in France? (referring to the req. to carry the breathalyzer, not the legal limit itself...)
- - - New legislation in France – a nation famous for its love of wine – requires all motorists to have at least one breathalyzer in their car with them at all times.
Apparently the intent of the legislation is to encourage motorists to test themselves if they have been drinking to confirm they can safely drive (note that one’s alcohol reading increases for some time after taking one’s last drink). France has a low 50 mg/100ml of blood limit on alcohol levels (compare that to 100 mg/100 ml in most US states) so it is perilously easy to go the wrong side of the limit, even after only a couple of moderately sized glasses of wine.
Experts suggest you should have at least two breathalyzers with you in the car, so if you do feel the need to test yourself, you still have a spare in case of being subsequently stopped - - -