Danny Healy-Rae compares driving on a full stomach to driving after the consumption of “a small amount of alcohol”

INDEPENDENT Kerry TD Danny Healy-Rae has made more controversial remarks on drink driving, comparing driving after the consumption of “a small amount of alcohol” to driving after eating a big meal.

The Kilgarvan-based TD was speaking at an Oireachtas Transport Committee debate on proposed new drink-driving legislation.

Deputy Healy-Rae said, “Can I just say to you, and many people will agree with me, if you actually eat too much and get in behind the wheel of a car, you are a danger on the road because you are liable to fall asleep after eating a big meal. I for one, when I am going home out of here this evening, when I know that, I won’t eat going in behind the wheel because I know what it will do.”

He added, “There could have been many other overriding reasons and causes of the accident as well as what you are saying about the consumption of a small amount of alcohol.”

The Road Traffic Fixed Penalty-Drink Driving Bill 2017 proposed by Transport Minister Shane Ross would see drivers caught with a blood alcohol level between 50mg and 80mg per given an automatic driving ban, a move which Deputy Healy-Rae opposes.