The Irish town of Kilgarvan passed a law this winter that allows members of its community to drink and drive. Proposed by local pub owner and politician Danny Healy-Rae, the motion allows people who live in country areas to have a few beers before they drive home. Healy-Rae told The New York Times he thinks the measure will help preserve pub culture, lower the risk of suicide and attack isolation in the small town. Amid governmental and local backlash, Healy-Rae says the law isn’t supposed to apply to everyone, mainly “elderly people who live in very remote places.””What is the alternative for them where no public or other transport is available? Staying at home lonely, staring at the four walls?” Healy-Rae told The Times.
Kilgarvan is also reviewing pesky typing while driving law for the elderly..