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DrivingFrench Breathalyzer Test Kit

After much back and forth it was finally decided that breathalyzer test kits (Éthylotest) would be required in all cars in France, but there would be no fine for noncompliance.

Single use kits cost between €1-2 and have an expiry date. Normally kits are good for two years, but again can only be used once. Kits are easy to use. You just blow into a bag, connect the reagent tube, slowly push out the air and check your alcohol level. Instructions suggest waiting up to 30 minutes before using a breathalyser.

In France the blood alcohol level limit to drive is 0.5 grams per liter.

Video demonstration of a breathalyzer test kit (Éthylotest).
Note: This video skips step 3 of the test - pushing both ends of the tube together.

Related Link:
Contralco: French family business based in the Hérault Gignac. Specializing in the manufacture and marketing of single use breathalyzers.

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