Drink driving changes in Ireland?

Councillors in County Kerry, Ireland, have dreamt up an alternative method of dealing with the problem of drink drivers.  Instead they have just suggested raising the blood alcohol thresholds for drink driving. The plans would allow police to issue permits that give permission for some people to have “two or three” alcoholic drinks and still drive.
Councillor Danny Healy-Rae who proposed the motion stated “I see the merit in having a stricter rule of law for when there’s a massive volume of traffic. But on the roads I’m talking about, you couldn’t do any more than 20 or 30 miles per hour and it’s not a big deal.”
The council will now call on the Irish justice department to look at the plans. However, it is unlikely that the Council will be bring about a change in the law. Interestingly, the motion was apparently passed when 12 councillors were absent and it also turns out that a number of councillors, who approved the measure, are apparently pub owners.
For advice on drink driving law or any general queries on transport law, contact Jared Dunbar at Dyne Solicitors on 01829 773 105.
Content is believed to be correct at time of writing.  Content written on 25 June 2013.

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