In one Irish town, it’s two or three for the road

Ireland is trying hard to get over their perception as a bunch of drunkards, despite all the drinking that goes on over there. That’s why it’s causing quite a stir that a small Irish town wants to make sure you have a pint or two before heading home from work.

The town of Kilgarvan in County Kerry isn’t much but a speck on the map. It’s basically one main road and then a few country lanes. But it’s where a measure, proposed by pub owner Danny Healy-Rae, was passed to give “permits to people living in rural isolated areas to allow them to drive home from their nearest pub after having two or three drinks on little-used roads driving at very low speeds.” Basically, stop into the local pub and socialize for a bit, then do your best not to hit anyone on your way home.

Healy-Rae said he wants to revive the dying pub culture, and allow for those living in secluded areas to get out and see people again. And thanks to science, we now know that preventing isolation can save lives. So while driving after a few drinks may put others at risk, in this case, it could save the driver.