“So these news laws you passed, they’re working a little too well. How about easing up a bit so we can get back to some good old fashioned debauchery?”
That’s essentially what happened on Monday when Councilmen in Kerry, Ireland, passed a motion asking the government to issue permits that would allow isolated farmers in rural Ireland to drive drunk, Yahoo.com reports.
The rationale is that since stricter laws were imposed in 2011, there has been an epidemic of boredom and depression among farms whose occupants are now too scared to drive to the nearest pub for fear of being nailed with a DUI.
Just to be clear, these Councilmen are asserting that these rural farmers have nothing else to do in terms of entertainment but drive to the nearest pub and get hammered. And now that these new laws are getting in the way of that, these farmers are suffering from boredom and depression.
Way to live up to a stereotype, Ireland.
Forget the fact that road related deaths have dropped to an modern low of 162 last year, down from over 400 a year during the 1990s in a country of only 4.6 million.
A sober Justice Minister Alan Shatter killed the proposal Thursday, calling it “grossly irresponsible.”
And then there’s this relevant fact, courtesy of Conor Cullen from Alcohol Action Ireland:
The link between alcohol use and suicide has been well established and drinking alcohol will exacerbate, not alleviate, any mental health difficulties that a person may be struggling with, such as depression or anxiety.
So yeah, sorry Irish farmers. Nice try though.
- Carlos Delgado, CBS Radio