Some in Ireland have tonic for drunk drivers

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Posted: Jan 24, 2013 7:54 PM by Michael Marsh
Updated: Jan 24, 2013 7:54 PM
Source: Associated Press

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Topics: Ireland, pub, drunk driving, pint

Drunk farmers may get a reprieve when it comes to driving home in their cars or on their tractors after a few pints at the pub. Councilmen in Kerry, southwest Ireland proposed the government create a permit to allow isolated farmers to drive drunk without fear of being busted. Backers say the measure is needed to combat an epidemic of boredom and depression on farms since Ireland imposed tough new blood alcohol limits for drivers in 2011. It was passed off as "grossly irresponsible" by the justice minister. The tough new alcohol standards for drivers is applauded for dropping road-related deaths from more than 400 a year to 162 last year. Pub owners say their business has plummeted along with the highway death figures but they deny any connection.

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