Provence & Côte d’Azur: Prohibitive measures to clamp down on drink driving
Child death prompts alcohol ban
In the wake of the fatal nightmare which cost the life of an 11-year-old boy, and following complaints from residents about general nighttime nuisances, Guy Patzlaff, Delegate of Public Safety for the area, has announced an alcohol embargo.
The ban, which started on Tuesday 31st July, is aimed at corner stores and small supermarkets, and not regional wine merchants. The 33-year-old driver responsible for the accident had earlier bought beer from this kind of shop late at night.
La Ciotat in the Bouches du Rhône department is not the only town attempting to stamp out drink driving and other alcohol-induced crimes. Nice, Lyon, Poitiers and Bordeaux have all adopted similar prohibitive measures.