Happy St Patty’s Day – get your DUI permit?!

danny_healyrae_jpg_size_xxlarge_letterboxDUI permits? Are you kidding me?!

I was reading the Toronto Star in January and a headline on the front page caught my eye – Pub-owning Irish Councillors vote to issue DUI permits. Yes, the year is 2013 – I verified I hadn’t been duped by checking the date on the paper.

We have worked very hard to have laws in place regarding legal drinking limits for a reason, right? Let’s think about this – a county in Ireland wants to give out permits that make it legal for someone to drive home drunk because:

• They live out of town, in isolated areas; or
• If they can’t get out to drink at the pub they would get depressed and possibly suicidal; and
• Of course it should be their right to drive their vehicle home no matter what condition they are in.

And if they happen to cause a collision and injure or kill someone else while driving under the influence of alcohol, well, they would have a permit that excuses them.

I wonder if that would fall under the category of “A license to kill?”

Coincidentally, all of the councilors who voted in favour of the DUI permit own their own pubs. Sound like a conflict of interest to you? Hmmm…

Author: Diane RN

I'm a Registered Nurse working as a Public Health Nurse with the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit

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