'Drunk Driving' Permits Approved: What Could Go Wrong?

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guinnessAs someone whose family tree is firmly planted in Irish soil, I would no sooner speak dishonorably of Ireland than I would ... I don't know, throw perfectly good potatoes in the trash. But even I have to admit that perhaps Councillor (and pub owner) Danny Healy-Rae of County Kerry was taking the whole Irish stereotype thing a bit too far when he proposed "drunk driving" permits for rural drivers.

Aye, 'tis true! You see, in Ireland, "drivers are now allowed only 50mg of alcohol per 100ml of blood, 'equivalent to drinking less than one pint of beer.'" (Less than a pint?! Ha!). But the permits proposed by Kerry would "allow rural residents to consume 'two or three drinks'" and get behind the wheel. A fine idea, indeed! I'll drink to that!

I'M KIDDING. I'm kidding! Although Healy Rae's argument for the permits is ... compelling. (If a wee bit daft.)

Healy-Rae explains it like this: "A lot of these people [who would benefit from the permits] 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." Drunk driving permits, he says, would keep "a lot of them falling into depression."

Well, that is a cryin' shame. After all, how is an aged Irishman supposed to raise his spirits if he can't ... raise some spirits? (In a toast, that is.) And then go for a nice drive through the countryside? After all, as Healy-Rae says, these people "never killed anyone." (Save some sheep, most likely.)

Not yet, anyway! Since the "drunk driving permit' measure was passed, there's still time! While 3 council members did oppose the idea, 5 voted in favor.

Um, now let's all go sing "Whisky in the Jar" and eat corned beef and cabbage and complete the cliche!

What would you do if your town passed a measure to allow "drunk driving" permits?


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nonmember avatar Shelley

Wow .... This is fu@king appalling , my brother was killed by a drunk driver . I m sure the councilors that voted in favor , would have a change of heart , if their child got ran over by one of these drunks !!!! Unfortunately that's when the coulda woulda and shoulda are said .

bella... bellacazzate

Doesn't the US do the same, really? Your drunk driving/drink driving permit is your 21 license? As I've understood it, that lets an average sized man drink about 3 drinks (not in rapid succession) before hitting the legal limit? 


nonmember avatar HS

I agree with Bella. Driving after drinking alcohol is NOT illegal in the US. Drinking too MUCH alcohol and then driving is.

Rhond... RhondaVeggie

We're talking about Irish farmers here. Most of them are more coherent after three drinks than they are sober.

PonyC... PonyChaser

LOL, Rhonda!!!

Seriously, I view this the same way I view gun control. The permits, and the law, gives law enforcement a leg to stand on when they arrest someone, it does not prevent the majority of crime from happening.

If someone is responsible enough to not drive "drunk" now, this permit isn't going to suddenly turn him into a drunk driver. And if someone IS going to drive while drunk, no law in the world is going to stop him. And I say this as a victim of a drunk driver.

That said, I don't have a problem with 2 or 3 drinks in an evening. It's not like they're pounding the beer and racing out to the cars.

nonmember avatar Gina

Bella, I don't know what country you're from, but the US doesn't have "drunk driving'' licenses. At twenty-one, an American is legal to drink. At sixteen, an American is legal to obtain a drivers license. Don't know where you got the idea of an American drunk driving license. There is a legal limit of alcohol one.can have in their system and drive, but its not that much. In my home state, that limit is under 8% blood\alcohol. That's not a lot.

dekumama dekumama

Seems like there could be a better way to go about it, without risking innocent lives. Like arranging some sort of transportation for them, taxis, carpools, a bus, something. I agree that the legal limit is too high here. I could never drive after one drink, after three, I'm pretty toasty and definitely would be a danger on the road.

Elise48 Elise48

dekumaa, that doesn't mean the legal limtit is too high. It means blood alcohol content is not a perfect way of determining whether someone is impaired. Unfortunately it's the only standard way we have.

bella... bellacazzate

Ohhh, Gina. Read again for clarification.

nonmember avatar kevobx

Wicked people hide themselves behind honesty. They all refuse to say the word truth out of their mouth. Humility comes from Christ his grace. *Acts 8:33 In his humiliation his judgment was taken away: and who shall declare his generation? for his life is taken from the earth. *Isaiah 53:9 And he made his grave with the wicked, and with the rich in his death; because he had done no volience, neither was any deceit in his mouth.

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