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08.2014

Massachusetts Beverage Business

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WHERE DRINKING+DRIVING=LEGAL

Some things just seem like a bad idea. The Irish town of Kilgarvan has passed a law 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 “at very low speeds”. Healy-Rae 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?” Of course, enforcing this so that people only drink “a few” and drive is easier said than done.

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