Irish county moves toward drunk driving permits

Posted at 6:59 AM, Jan 23, 2013
and last updated 2013-01-23 07:20:29-05

The Kerry County Council in southwest Ireland has passed a motion that could make it legal for some drivers to get behind the wheel after knocking back a few stiff drinks – but only in sparsely populated, rural areas – and if they have a special permit.

Ireland has been cracking down on drunken driving across the country, but the new permits would allow people to get behind the wheel after 2-3 drinks, according to

Councillor Danny Healy-Rae, introduced the measure, saying it is to help

“…those people in every parish who are isolated and who can’t get out of their place at night.”

“A lot of these people 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.”

Healy-Rae owns a pub in Kilgarvan, County Kerry, according to The Guardian.