Skip to comments.Drunk driving permits approved as suicide prevention method in Ireland
Posted on 01/22/2013 6:20:13 PM PST by SMGFan
he Kerry county council in Ireland has approved a measure that would allow for the creation of drink-drive permits, allowing motorists to drive in rural areas if they have had "two or three drinks."
The Guardian reports the measure was brought to the council by a local government official, Danny Healy-Rae, who claims allowing such activity would help combat depression and suicide in the area.
Healy-Rae, who conveniently owns a pub in the county, claims the move will help lonely people who have been without a social outlet since stricter drinking and driving laws were enacted. He also insists, "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 proposal was approved with a 5 to 3 vote, yet many county officials have distanced themselves from the measure. Gillian Wharton-Slattery, the Irish Labour councillor, astutely points out, "Depression causes suicide. It's not caused by not being able to go to the pub."
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I see Ireland has settled on the USA illegal alien model to deal with its drunk driving problem.
We could try just arresting people when they violate others’ rights.
Just do what Texas used to do before the liberals changed the laws, only charge then with drunk driving if they are driving reckless, not just because they have been drinking.
Drunk driving permits approved as suicide prevention method in Ireland
Well, at least they didn’t insult anyone’s intelligence by asking the drunks to use their best judgment.
Socialist thinking -> Everything that is not prohibited is mandatory.
Think I’ll pass this on to local tavern league might get some ideas
Nothing will cheer a fella up like committing a little vehicular homicide.
“Nothing will cheer a fella up like committing a little vehicular homicide.”
The dirty little secret is that healthy young men drive *better* at .1 than they do at .00000000.
The statistics are manipulated—surprise, surprise. A person could be driving home with a six-pack in the trunk and be rear-ended by a completely sober granny lady. The lying scum will count that as an “alcohol-related” accident.
When this thing first started, the heat was on “drunk driving.” You could stop for a couple of beers on the way home. The criteria for “drunk” have been tightened up, not because it makes sense, but because the criteria were too low to begin with.
People at .1 weren’t causing significantly more accidents than people with less or no alcohol in their systems, so establishing that value didn’t do much to stop “alcohol-related” accidents. The people who cause the accidents *because*of*their*drinking* are at some ridiculous level like .25.
Lower the level to .08, and you still don’t get much change: have to keep cooking those books.
They adopted a falsehood as a fundamental assumption: if a person who has ingested alcohol has an accident, the drinking caused the accident. It ain’t necessarily so.
We have gone from “don’t drive drunk” to “don’t drink and drive,” presumably any amount.
Well, it fits in with the left’s design to “get Americans out of their cars,” and because it is a stupid law, it negatively impacts respect for the law in general.
Of course, some of the extremists are just sincere but stupid, like the temperance types responsible for prohibition. Almost everybody believes the government hype that no one is safe to drive at .08, and you couldn’t get a study showing anything else funded or published.
That is very interesting.
And of course, by placing arbitrary limits and lowering the number, the powers that be make criminals out of EVERYBODY, whether you are driving home after a nice dinner out, a wedding, or Family Cookout.
Not impaired, but having alcohol in your system.
Dr. Ferris (Atlas Shrugged) would be SO Proud of how far we have come to reaching his goal!
Kill someone I know while driving drunk and the law won’t be your problem.
“Kill someone I know while driving drunk and the law wont be your problem.”
1. My point was that the law now forbids not only driving drunk, but driving with an arbitrary BAC at which one is *not* drunk.
2. As a diabetic, I drink next to nothing and, to escape punishment under these bad laws, don’t drive even then.
3. Your threat is as irrational as it is offensive.
That's too bad. I mean it.