The position of the French government
. The ethylotest onboard obligation was introduced March 1 2012, including a penalty of 11 euros. Exactly a year later they skipped this fine with a special decrét, so this wonderful piece of French legislation is still (a little bit) alive, but more than crippled.
What happened? The French government sometimes specialises in the art of drafting "un loi déclaratoire
", showing your good will for a just cause. Implementation and other practicalities are less important. The small factory producing these tests could not deliver the vast amounts of tests needed. Officer, I tried twenty shops, but I couldn't buy one single ethylotest. Other problem: measurement reliability. You always hope when using a batch of ten for the same person to get the same readings. Most of them were off target (understatement). Et voila problem two. Where do you store them? In your car. Problem 3: ever opened your car at the end of a hot summer's afternoon? Temperatures of over 55 C inside or even higher. After two weeks of sunshine these ethylotest sets were absolutely useless. I've got two of them, in my glove box, bought them back in 2013. I don't have to bring them to a laboratory to know in what condition they are. But as a law obeying foreign citizen I leave them there and smile when noticing that they still are there, reminding me of the wisdom of politicians.