Ireland legalizes driving under the influence of alcohol

By: Mahesh Sarin 

Drinking and driving can be very dangerous. However, some council members decided that going 20 to 30 miles an hour while drunk might not be so bad.

Council members in Ireland, claim that people living in rural areas are very lonely, causing them to be depressed.

In an effort to combat the problem of people feeling depressed and isolated, council members in southwest Ireland, voted to ease the drink drive limits, allowing loney people to get out more.

Councilmember Danny Healy-Rae, who proposed the motion, said that this new law would apply to the "older people, who are now isolated at home and many of them fall into depression."

Ironically, several of the council members who voted in favor of the measure are reportedly bar owners themselves. Cuncilmember Healy-Rae denied that this had any influence on the votes.

According to reports, the vote was passed by five votes to three, with 12 council members absent for the vote which took place towards the end of a long meeting.

“It would benefit people who live in remote rural areas where there is no public transportation of any kind. These people end up at home looking at four walls, night after night," Healy-Rae said.

"On the rural roads you could not do anything more than 20 or 30 miles per hour, so it is not a big deal. I see no big problem with that," he added.

However, Mayor Terry O'Brien said that the move “makes no sense, and it is very dangerous.”