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Driving holidays are becoming increasingly popular nowadays. For many the easiest route is to catch a ferry or drive on to the train and hop across the channel to France. As with any travel abroad it is vital that you check up on any regional road rules as you could get caught in some trouble with the local police.
If you are planning to head to France or even drive through it be aware that they are bringing in new major legislation this year from July in that all vehicles must be carrying a breathalyser kit. Even if you are only going for a day trip, if you are stopped without one you will be fined.
In France the legal limit for blood alcohol levels is 50mg per 100ml which is lower than the 80mg per 100ml level in the UK. A single use breathalyser kit will be OK and you can pick one up in most chemists for a few quid; they will also be available from the ferry and tunnel terminals for crossings to France. It is probably a good idea to keep at least two in case you have to use one.
This new ruling is supposed to help reduce drink driving in the country, and the lower blood alcohol limit is intended to catch out drivers who are still over the limit on the morning on after which is still a big problem in many countries.