NEWS: France’s Drunk Driving Laws Will Expand Use of Ignition Interlocks

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France’s drunk driving laws are about to change, and one of the changes involves expanding Ignition Interlock requirements for drink driver repeat offenders. *

* In the U.S., every state uses its own acronym for driving intoxicated, such as DUI or DWI. Some European countries refer to such offenders as drink drivers.

Strengthening Ignition Interlock Laws in France

Alcohol is linked to about 19 percent of fatal accidents in France. Now, offenders who are convicted of drink driving a second time will need to use an Ignition Interlock, or vehicle breathalyzer. Ignition Interlocks prevent drivers from starting their vehicle if their breath alcohol concentration (BrAC) is above a pre-set limit. If their BrAC is below the fail set point on the device, their vehicle will start.

In France, Ignition Interlocks, or EADs (éthylotests antidémarrages), are a requirement for coaches and buses. It is also an option for drivers who have had their license suspended for drink driving but want to continue to drive.

Ignition Interlock Laws

Ignition Interlock laws in the U.S. vary by state, but all-offender requirements are the most effective, according to multiple studies. This law reduces recidivism in repeat offenders, and also lowers drunk driving deaths.

With France’s stronger Ignition Interlock and drunk driving laws, the country will save more lives and have safer roads.

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