France has introduced a range of road safety measures including the lowering of the driving age and drink-drive limits.
Twenty-six measures have been introduced including the lower of the driving age to 15 from the current age of 16. Following the probationary period, the driving test can now be taken at 17 and a half rather than 18.
In addition, there will be trials of a reduced speed limit from 90 to 80 kmph on secondary two-way roads with poor safety records and parking within five metres of pedestrian crossing will be banned. The measures also include the lowering of the drink-drive limit for 18-24 year-olds to 0.2% g/l of blood – the equivalent of a small glass of wine or a small beer – and there will be trials of mouth swab drug detection tests.
The use of earphones and earpieces with mobile phones for hands-free calls in cars is now banned if they “reduce drivers’ auditory attention”. The changes also include improvement of road infrastructure safety including lowering the risk of driving the wrong way on the motorway with the installation of no-entry signs on a retro-reflecting background at turnoffs and the modernisation of 4,200 radars.