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Irish County Approves Rural “Drinking And Driving” Permit- To Prevent Suicide?

Submitted by on January 22, 2013 – 10:25 amOne Comment

The county council of Kerry in Ireland has voted to allow driving after consuming alcohol equivalent to “two or three drinks” in rural areas. The sponsor of the bill, Councillor Danny Healy-Rae, claimed that it posed little risk on the “minor roads,” and would help prevent “depression and suicide.”

Healy-Rae owns a pub in in rural Kilgarvan.

He argued that it was both a low-risk motion, and would benefit the mental health of the nation:

“They’re travelling in very minor roads, often on tractors, with very little traffic and it’s not right they’re being treated the same as the rest of the travelling public and they have never killed anyone.

“The only outlet they have then is to take home a bottle of whiskey and they’re falling into depression, and suicide for some of them is the sad way out,” he added.

But the head of Ireland’s Road Safety Authority disagreed, saying rural areas saw most of the road deaths and injuries in the country.

In 2011, rural South Kerry saw 11 suicides, and 3 road deaths. The latter all involved alcohol.

What do you think? Is this good for Ireland’s communities, or simply against common sense?

[via The Guardian]

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