County in Ireland Legalizes Drunk Driving

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Lots of advocates and politicians want to put a stop to drunk driving, but in Ireland they are taking a bit of a different approach to drunk driving at least in Kerry County, which is located in the South Western part of the Ireland.  Councilman Danny Healy-Rae actually put forward a motion to legalize drunk driving.  His reasoning behind this is that in rural areas people don't have an easy way to get to and from their home without using a car.  Public transportation isn't easy to use for these people, so it makes sense to let them drive drunk.

“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,” said Councilman Danny Healy-Rae.  “The pub is invariably the only social outlet left in rural Ireland and they’re getting scarce now – just one or two in every village.”

The current maximum blood-alcohol level is 50mg per 100ml of blood for most drivers and 20mg for learner and professional drivers. Although it varies depending on driver, this is roughly equivalent to less than one pint of beer. The level of fatalities on Irish roads dropped significantly over the past five years with the introduction of lower alcohol limits for drivers and alcohol checkpoints.

The motion passed put forward by Councilman Dan Healey-Rae passed the  council vote 5 votes to 3.  Healey-Rae understands the opposition and it still requires Government approval.  If passed the people of Kerry County would be given special permits to drive drunk.  It seems this is an important issue for Healey-Rae. I think we probably know why though.

I guess to a certain degree this makes sense.  Living in Baltimore city it is much easier to get around if you are tipsy.  Still… legalizing drunk driving?  Guinness is my favorite beer so maybe I could just move to Ireland along with a bunch of bros! 🙂

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Source: Journal.ie

St. Patrick Day “Tipsy Taxi” Service

Happy St. Patrick Day!  I am sure most people in Baltimore will be celebrating this holiday by going out to a bar or restaurant and having a few drinks.  Why not have a little fun, right?  It is important to remember to not drink and drive though.  You not only endanger yourself when driving intoxicated but fellow drivers and passengers on the road.  If you are going out tonight you might want to remember to call the “Tipsy Taxi.”

What is the Tipsy Taxi?  It is a collaboration between the American Automobile Association (AAA) and Yellow Cab that tries to keep drunk drivers off the road on holidays that usually involve consuming large amounts of alcohol.  To help with St Patrick's Day celebrations they are offering the service tonight.

That means on St. Patrick Day, Saturday March 17th, between from 4 pm – 4 am anyone who is at a Baltimore city restaurant or bar can call (#1-877-963-TAXI) and get a Free Ride home.

There are a few restrictions to using Tipsy Taxi though.  You must 21-years-old and need to live in the Baltimore metro area.  The taxi rides are Free but after $50 bucks, the rest of the ride is on you.  Still it is a pretty sweet deal and a good idea to keep intoxicated drivers off the road.

Supposedly the Tipsy Taxi line is busiest between 12 am – 2:30 am.  So keep that in mind if you call then.   Remember if you are drinking tonight please call the Tipsy Taxi number #1-877-963-TAXI.

Have fun and stay safe!