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J Roger Clifford-Banks

Take Big Brother's crystals out, and replace them with salt. That should do the job!

Craig McGinty

Or how about some sherbet ;)


Or indeed how about not drinking when driving?

Phil Voice

Donna and I had a very rare day off yesterday and combined a trip out looking for building materials for our terrace with a spot of lunch.

We were recommended a little routier type restaurant along the road from the reclamation yard we'de just visited (near Tonneins).

As we pulled up in the restaurant car park we noted three Gendarmes get out of their marked police car and walk in.

As we crossed the road to enter the restaurant also we noticed there was a further three marked police vehicles, two of them mini-buses.

Inside the packed dining room there was a whole table set aside for the police (about 25 of them).

All of the police were in uniform (some looked like high ranking brass). On the table, you guessed it, were full carafes of rosé.

Karl Pitwon

I am slightly confused about this whole issue and am getting information on it by people who I think have not a clue either.
You have to have one of these kits inside your car, do you use it to test yourself after you have been drinking, if this is the case, it is going to be an expensive process for the vast majority of the french nation, going on what I see of their drinking habits personally.
Or is it necessary to have them in your car just for the gendarmes to use on solely testing you if you are stopped.
My former question would make sense to me, that is to test yourself ( that's if you are in a fit state to test yourself personally). If you test yourself and are knowingly over whatever the limit is, but decide to drive your car regardless, the consequences if stopped, and the breathalyser used on you.......should be severe.
At the moment in France, what I see of the drink drive law here, compared to what it is in the UK, I find it quite farcical, for example I know of a neigh'bour here, with a known drink problem, stopped by the gendarmes, over the limit, given some paltry fine, but the joke is it seems he is still allowed to continue driving his car. Back in the UK I am sure if you are stopped and are over the limit, the last thing you can do is to carry on driving your car after the offence.


What about all those people driving the little French 'lawn mower' cars that don't require a 'permit de conduire' - their driving licences can't be taken away once they've already lost them!!

Ned Ludd

Has anyone actually managed to find and buy a breathalyser?

We have tried four local supermarkets and three pharmacies over the last few months, plus the big Leclerc in Boulogne - not a single one of them had a breathalyser in stock on any occasion.

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