France want to introduce mandatory breath-testing in bars that are open till 2am.  (

Apparently a particulary bad weekend of bank-holiday drink-driving fatalities has prompted this, and with a trial having taken place in 350 establishments, the cabinet of Nicholas Sarcozy is anxious to push it through. 

Just a few queries though. 

The concept of mandatory breath-testing is understandable, the follow up procedures not so.  What happens if the person tested is over the limit?  What is the onus on the establishment doing the testing?  Do they physically remove the drinker’s keys and wrestle them into a taxi, or believe them as they slur their pledge to go nowhere near a car?  Surely a visible police presence be more effective?


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