On Friday night we had the voeux de la nouvelle annee with Mr Maire et el. We live in a very rural village comprised of 3 small hamlets. My husband won the toss for drinking and I was the nominated driver. We had our two 11 year olds with us. I had one glass of the Champagne punch (heavily laced with some spirit) and then declined everytime I was offered another glass. Each time I said 'no thank you I am driving' the reply was 'mais c'est pas loin'. Probably 10 different people said this to me, several whilst I was chatting to a lady gendarme!!
The most shocking thing about this was that 3 days before Xmas tragically a 16 yr old boy who lived in our road was knocked over and killed by a car on his way home from his driving lesson. The accident was not alcohol related but still a huge tragedy and shock to the whole village. When I mentioned, to those that were trying to get me to drink, Kevin's death and they all replied that it was not due to drink driving.
Breathalyser kits should not be needed as we shouldn't drink and drive and even need to check whether we are over the limit, it is as simple as that. Yes it is a pain when we live in the country and can't have a good drink and then get a taxi home. I was very miffed on NYE when I was still sober at 3.00am and everyone else was dancing on the tables. But I will not endanger my family's lives or those of others. I just drink at home!!