A WORD of warning has just reached us via our friends in Holland who say Dutch police are gearing up for a blitz on visitors to this Saturday's Assen MotoGP.
The word is that the rozzers are planning breath tests at or near ferry ports on Thursday and Friday to catch anyone who's been tempted to have a couple on the boat, and that there will be patrols out between Thursday and Sunday on the look out for illegible licence plates, speeders or dangerous riding. Anyone stopped, regardless of the reason, can expect a breath test, too.
And remember, the drink drive limit in Holland, as with most of Europe, is lower than in the UK. At 0.05% BAC compared to 0.08%, it's only just over half the level of our limit.
On the same topic, if you're returning on Sunday via any French port you need to know that on that very day, 1 July, it becomes compulsory to carry a breathalyser in France. Disposable ones only cost a few quid from Halfords or ferry terminals, and could save you an 11 Euro fine (of course, you've already got the fluorescent vest and warning triangle that France requires, haven't you?)