DUBLIN – The Irish southwestern state of Kerry has made its drunk driving laws more lenient in an effort to reduce suicides.
NDJ World | Published: Jan 22 2013 Europe→World News
The new law states that drivers who drank two to three beers can still operate their vehicle legally.
The new ‘flexible’ driving under the influence law was created specifically to prevent suicides which have been on the rise in Kerry since 2011, co-inciding a stricter drunk driving law that was then imposed.
Many folks in Kerry live in rural communities and need to drive a car to make it to their nearest pub. A stricter drunk driving law, activated in 2011, stated that individuals could not operate a vehicle anymore after drinking one pint of beer.
The new law led to many people in Kerry not leaving their homes any longer and having drinking binges in their house, which in turn increased depression in the communities, causing more suicides.
On Monday, Kerry invoked a much more lenient drunk driving law as proposed by lawyer and pub owner Healy-Rae.
Healy-Rae stated that many of the folks from Kerry still live in the countryside and drive over remote dirt roads where they encounter no one and that statistics show they haven’t killed anyone driving drunk.
The passing of the new drunk driving law was celebrated with a few hearty pints at Healy’s pub.
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