January 28, 2013

REALISM: Irish council approves motion to allow rural drink-driving.

The motion was passed by Kerry county council on Monday by five votes to three, with the remainder of the councillors either absent or abstaining.

It supports the creation of permit that will allow rural drinkers to drive after having “two or three drinks”. It was tabled by the independent councillor Danny Healy-Rae, who has claimed it would help prevent depression and suicide in the county.

Healy-Rae said people in rural areas were “travelling very minor roads … with very little traffic” and “have never killed anyone”.

He said his proposal would bring back a social outlet for lonely people in rural areas that had been lost after stricter drink-drive laws were introduced.

Well, I guess it’ll be a while before Uber gets there.