Single Use Breathalyzers
What is a single use breathalyzer?
How can I buy one of these breathalyzers?
The cheapest solution to ensure you comply with the law is to carry an NF-Approved disposable breathalyzer.
The Decree states that the breathalyzers MUST be listed in the “Official Journal of the French Republic” so you should only purchase NF-Approved Breathalyzer Kits if you want to be certain they will be accepted by the French Gendarme.
Any device that is NF Approved will have the logo opposite on the packaging and the supplier should be able to provide you with an NF Certificate.
How many do I need?
Some sources are saying you must carry at least two on the basis that if you’ve used one to test yourself, you’ll need another to show the Gendarme if you’re stopped. Not true; if you’ve no intention of using them (or don’t drink!), just carry one. But then if you DO test yourself and find you’re over, you’ll need a second to check you ARE OK before you do drive… and a third to show the Gendarme. So entirely up to you – buy just one in order to simply comply with the law, or a pack of 5 and have a few spare.
The Gendarme WILL NOT ask you to do a breath test for them using your own kit – they will use their own, Digital Breathalyser should they suspect you’ve been drinking.
AlcoDigital have been appointed UK Importers for Contralco, the largest manufacturer of such kits who as well as being a French company also supply the Gendarme, so are a highly respected and well known company.
ALL our kits include 1 x tube & 1 x bag per kit
Some companies are selling “Twin Packs” that contain two tubes, but only one bag in a single package; it therefore cannot be split between two vehicles and once one tube is used, the remaining tube is left in an unsealed pack. All our kits include both 1 x tube and 1 x bag per kit and come in a sealed, waterproof plastic sachet, as shown below:
To read the result, just check the crystals….
- If the crystals are ALL Yellow, the result is zero – you are Clear to Go!
- If the crystals are Green BELOW the line, according to the tube, you are under the maximum limit. But you DO have alcohol in your blood and your judgement and reaction times will almost certainly be affected – you should consider waiting a while and retesting.
- If the crystals are Green BEYOND the line – your are definitely over the limit. DO NOT DRIVE!