Drunk Driving May Save Lives, But it Kills Jobs According to Montana Politician [VIDEO]

No, this is not an April Fools joke.  A politician in Montana really is calling legislation against drunk driving is a “job killer” because it hurts bars, and people would have to get there and back somehow.

Via the Colorado Independent:

On Wednesday, Montana Republican Congressman Alan Hale used the GOP anti-government “job killer” line to defend drunk driving. He argued that drunk driving laws were killing “small businesses” in his state– small businesses like taverns that make money and “create jobs” by sometimes sending people off into the night bubbly in the head and weaving down Montana roadways.

Other potential jobs drunk driving laws might “kill”?  Well, extra ambulances, auto repair shops, morticians….

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173 comments

Brenda H.
Brenda H.6 years ago

Resturants should limit the amount of alcohol sold to a customer. Any more than 3-4 drinks then they are contributing to people's recklessness and the deaths of innocent people. They will not be loosing money. Alcohol will always be sold. It is not going to hurt them at all. Besides, have they and the politicans lost thier minds? What's more important, making a few more dollars or lives that will be lost to a drunk driver. Please read my petition. Also, please sign and share with as many as you can. Making people take responsibilty for thier decisions is not going to hurt buisness or the sale of alcohol. People just need to make plans in with thier fun. https://www.change.org/petitions/help-save-lives-from-drunk-driving-crashes

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Norma V.
Norma Villarreal8 years ago

Ever hear of designated drivers or 'care cabs?'

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Jami Winn
Jami Winn8 years ago

if anything it eliminates the stupid drunk people in the world who are to hammered to realize they can't drive

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Annmari Lundin
Annmari Lundin8 years ago

Who are those 102 people which voted yes or leaning yes in the poll? Are you politicians or drunk drivers or a combination?

Kathryn Terhune Cotton: I like your thinking!

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Grace Johnson
Grace Johnson8 years ago

wow wonder if he would be singing the same tune if someone he loved dearly was killed by a drunk driver? just wondering

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Klaus P.
Klaus Peters8 years ago

A drunk politition can only have these ideas, most likely he thought he could get publicity. Wonder how he thinks when he is sober.

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Laurita Walters
Laurita Walters8 years ago

I don't think people should drive when they're drunk, and when soeone's drunk, they are usually certain that they can drive better than when they're sober.

That said, last July I was the sober designated driver for several groups who left the bars at different times. I was stopped, ostensibly for an expired plate, but probably actually because the cop had a grudge against a rider (actually my daughter.) Due to an accident in 1986, I don't have the balance to do the field sobriety test, and our local cops don't have breathalyzers in their cars. I was arrested, roughed up by the arresting officer, handcuffed, and had to wait in the cop car, cold, for a half hour while he harassed my daughter. He had taken my shawl off me and thrown it into my car when he cuffed me. This was just before my 59th birthday. I did not resist, he still deliberately hurt me by raising my cuffed hands too high behind me. He said that if I blew no alcohol, they would give me a ride back to my car in a half hour. He lied. I blew zeroes, was held four hours, not allowed to pee for over an hour because they 'might want to take a urine test' . They towed my car, cost me $75 and two days to get it back. They found paraphernalia belonging to one of my clients and charged me with possession with intent. Although the officer was not rehired, I had to cop to a 'disturbing the peace' charge to have the drug charges dropped so I could go back to work. I'd rather have drunks than police like these..

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Suzanne M.
Suzanne M8 years ago

Why don't the bar owners change to coffee shops or diners instead? No jobs lost and everyones happy (and safe).

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Suzanne M.
Suzanne M8 years ago

Isn't it more important to save lives than to save jobs? You can always replace jobs, but you can't replace lives.

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A DK
A Kennedy8 years ago

Ugh, he's just protecting his constituents.

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