The inexplicable tolerance in
America for drunk
driving does not extend to much of the world, particularly Europe. So it is truly newsworthy when a county
legislature in Ireland
to allow drunk driving.
Councillors in rural
come up with a novel way of tackling the problem of drink driving – by making
it legal. The plans backed by Kerry county council, in south-west Ireland,
would allow police to issue permits that give permission for some people to
have “two or three” alcoholic drinks and still drive. Ireland
Why would governing body do such a thing? Well it’s for the
children the old
Councillor Danny Healy-Rae, who proposed the motion, said the new rules should apply to “older people” who live in isolated areas. He argued that current laws, which limit most drivers to no more than one drink, were forcing an older generation to stay home.
“All the wisdom and all the wit and all the culture that they had, the music and the singing, that’s all being lost to the younger generation because these older people might as well be living in Japan and Jerusalem,”
Oh, ok, old people, people who maybe shouldn’t be driving at night anyway are being forced to stay home because they cannot get liquored up and go dancing and singing.
Of course, that’s only a pretext isn’t it. If one looks behind the scenes there is this.
There was also controversy over the fact that a number of councillors who approved the measure, including Mr Healy-Rae, are pub owners, and as such could benefit from the rule-change. Mr Healy-Rae denied that this had influenced the vote.