It’s taken many years and thousands of horrific TV ads, but I think we’ve finally got to a place where drink-driving has been well and truly demonised. Not so in Ireland — they’re actually going the other way, and want to make it ok to go for a spin after you’ve had “two or three drinks”.
Councillors in County Kerry recently voted for a bill that would allow police to issue permits to people in isolated areas, allowing them to drive while “moderately” sozzled. According to the councillor who introduced the idea, this isn’t some cunning plan to kill off Ireland’s farmers, but rather for their own good:
“A lot of these people are living in isolated rural areas where there’s no public transport of any kind, and they end up at home looking at the four walls, night in and night out, because they don’t want to take the risk of losing their licence,”
While I take the councillor’s point — it’s pretty tragic to be stuck at home, and not able to drive to the pub, have a few, and drive back — if I lived in the area, I wouldn’t fancy being crushed to death by a drunk driver.
Thankfully, the issue has to be considered by the Minister for Justice before anything further can happen. Still, where else in the world would you get this kind of motion but Ireland? [The Journal via Gawker]
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