Drivers in France now risk an on-the-spot fine if they don't have two breathalyzer kits in their cars, according to reports. Not only that, they must also have a high-visibility safety vest and a warning triangle, in addition to a slew of other requirements.
Though the law went into effect Sunday, there is a four-month grace period while everyone adapts-- partially because after the government mandated that everyone buy a breathalyzer, there was a shortage of breathalyzer kits in the country.
The BBC explains that two types of kits will be accepted: expensive electronic ones that can be reused, and cheap chemical ones. And while breathalyzer manufacturers-- of which there are only two in France-- are obviously thrilled, drivers' groups apparently claim that the measure has been "foisted on France" by clever lobbying.
According to French police, the measure will be enforced through random checks, and is obviously intended to curb drunk driving.
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.
But could that ever really happen?
If not implemented on a federal level, like in France, there's certainly a possibility of it in cities and states. If Bloomberg can regulate how many ounces of soda a person drinks in one serving, there's certainly cause to implement measures against drunk driving.
Until that day, laugh at the B.S. of A.'s rendering of a "Chevy Bloomberg," below: