Kerry County Councillors have backed a motion calling for a permit system to be introduced which would allow rural people drink in moderation and drive.
The motion from Councillor Danny Healy-Rae was passed this afternoon 5 votes to 3 with the remainder of the 27 councillors either absent from the vote or abstaining.
Councillor Healy-Rae is calling on the Minister for Justice to bring in legislation which would allow Gardai issue permits to people living in isolated rural areas.
Condition of low speeds
These permits would allow people drive home from their nearest pub after having 2 or 3 drinks on little used roads according to the councillor.
They would also have to drive at very low speeds.
Mr. Healy-Rae who is a publican himself told Radio Kerry the permits could be issued at the discretion of local Gardai.