The French have been having a rare old time with their road traffic law making of late.
First of all, some wag who apparently owns a company that manufactures breath testing kits got well and truly behind the push to introduce a law requiring all drivers/riders of motor vehicles in France, to carry a breath test kit in their vehicle. This is for self-testing purposes. Presumably this allows people who have had a skinful to realise that they have had a skinful and make the rational decision to refrain from driving until they can blow a negative - except that the test is only a guide and not a calibrated and approved device for accurate analysis of alcohol in the body, not to mention the seemingly overlooked fact that people become less rational the more they drink.
Apparently this person who owns the breath test kit company was even part of the road safety group that did the `research` which many have argued is flawed and lacking in any evidence that this would contribute to the reduction of drink-driving offences, crashes, injuries and fatalities. The law got passed and lots of business rolled in with the production of aforementioned breath testing kits (I've even seen them on Amazon), except that after much lobbying from many groups who are really concerned with road safety and have no business interests connected with the legislation, the whole shebang was put on hold and the minister of the interior stated that he was, amongst other things, `sceptical` as to the value of such legislation.
Now it has been announced that the French have reached a brilliant compromise. The law requiring the breath testing kits to be carried will stay, but there will be no penalty for anyone who fails to do so.
So that's alright then. I knew they'd see reason and, in so doing, seem to have achieved a win-win in the process. Those who drive in France can choose whether or not to obey the law and buy one of the kits to carry with them, spurred on by the knowledge that they won't be fined even if they don't - and the breath test kit manufacturer has the continued opportunity to financially benefit from the process by hoping that people buy his product because its the decent thing to do (and it's the law) even though they run no risk whatsoever of being fined a single Euro if they choose not to. Maybe its really some sort of employment initiative, having seen our attempt at this and simply put some French spin on it? It all makes perfect sense. Now that reminds me, I must check the oil and vinegar levels and change the ciabatta filter in my wife's Fiat 500.
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