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It's actually in Ireland. The Kerry County Council in Southwest Ireland to be exact. But get this. the council voted 5 to 3 to issue special permits to people who live in rural areas to drive home on remote countryside roads even after they've had two or three drinks and might be under the influence of that alcohol. Pretty incredible huh?
The council is much larger than that 5 to 3 vote. 12 were absent and 7 abstained. Guess they didn't want any part of this.
A guy named Danny Healy-Rae introduced the bill. He's on the council. Oh another thing. He's also a local pub owner. Color me surprised. He argued that folks driving drunk on rural roads have never killed anyone. Here's more of his incredibly silly argument. He says it would prevent loneliness and prevent suicides among people who live in those areas. Are you kidding me?
But here's the argument against. Tougher drunk driving laws in Ireland have reduced the number of alcohol related traffic fatalities. The overall number of deaths has fallen a whopping 56-percent in the last five years.
And to top it off, those rural roads are described as some of the most dangerous in all of Ireland.
Reminds me of the joke: An Irishman walked out of a bar. No really it happened.
Sadly the conclusion is: Fact