What Town Is About to Make Drunk Driving Legal?
Know when to say, ‘I’ll have another.”
Ireland’s Kerry County has approved a proposal which would essentially allow some people to drive drunk. Yup, you read that correctly.
Lawmakers have agreed to pass a measure letting local police hand out a get out of jail car to motorists in rural areas whose blood-alcohol level is beyond the legal limit.
Danny Healy-Rae, the councilman who created the unlikely law, said he came up with the idea because he was worried about older people in rural areas who "are being isolated now at home, and a lot of them falling into depression." He also claims these citizens are afraid to leave their homes and risk losing their license since there is no public transportation.
Healy-Rae further justified the motion:
I see the merit in having a stricter rule of law for when there's a massive volume of traffic and where there's busy roads with massive speed. But on the roads I'm talking about, you couldn't do any more than 20 or 30 miles per hour [30-50kph] and it's not a big deal. I don't see any big issue with it."
The law isn’t set in stone just yet. The Department of Justice has to take up the issue and approve it. It’s also worth noting that the local council approved the policy by a vote of 5-3, with 12 council members not in attendance.