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Watch: Montana GOP Lawmaker Defends Drunk Driving


It's crazy to see a lawmaker get up and give their approval to drunk driving, but that's what happened in Montana this week. GOP Rep. and bar owner Alan Hale spoke out against a bill that would stiffen the state's DUI laws.

Said Hale: "These DUI laws are not doing our small businesses in our state any good at all. They are destroying them. They are destroying a way of life that has been in Montana for years and years. These taverns and bars in these smaller communities connect people together. They are the center of the communities. I'll guarantee you there's only two ways to get there: either you hitchhike, or you drive, and I promise you they're not going to hitchhike."


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  1. A community that has bars at its center is a community in which I care not to live!

    Posted by: Icon | Mar 31, 2011 10:57:13 AM

  2. Slow wits and fast tempers = the GOP today. They're all monkeys in a typewriter room. Eventually, one of them is going to make sense, I guess.

    Posted by: woodroad34wo | Mar 31, 2011 11:12:26 AM

  3. Goddam "nanny state" and all those goddam rules taking away my freedom to drive drunk!

    Posted by: TJ | Mar 31, 2011 11:14:22 AM

  4. His theory is pretty one sided...after all, the funeral homes, mortuaries and cemeteries are raking in the cash.

    Posted by: Geoff | Mar 31, 2011 11:15:39 AM

  5. I've always wondered the same thing about bars where there is no mass transit. Here are businesses that legally exist to provide clients with the effects of alcohol, yet the only way to get there is by car, and driving after you get the desired result is illegal. It is baffling.

    Posted by: Dastius Krazitauc | Mar 31, 2011 11:22:17 AM

  6. whatever happened to SELF-control? TaKing responsibility GOP?? How about, oh I don't know - a Designated driver?

    Posted by: Disgusted Gay American | Mar 31, 2011 11:31:53 AM

  7. Wow. The Republicons' stupidity knows no bounds. Just when you think they can't sink any lower, they find another sub-basement.

    Posted by: StillmarriedinCA | Mar 31, 2011 11:32:29 AM

  8. You know you can limit your intake - and then remain in the bar long enough to drink some water and eat some food.

    Posted by: reality 101 | Mar 31, 2011 11:34:00 AM

  9. Son, one day you can run for office and make laws that put money over human life, then one day become president or corporate CEO, and do it on an even larger scale.

    Posted by: patrick nyc | Mar 31, 2011 11:39:20 AM

  10. They'd better not hitchhike. They'll likely be run over by a drunk driver who's been in this guy's bar.

    Posted by: Sean | Mar 31, 2011 11:50:13 AM

  11. I wonder if his mother is president of the local Mothers Against Drunk Driving.

    Posted by: homer | Mar 31, 2011 11:54:50 AM

  12. looks like a drunk

    Posted by: Wes | Mar 31, 2011 12:00:01 PM

  13. god bless the repuks they are for drunks civil rights to kill people behind the wheel but not for gays to love each other. this guy looks like he spends a lot of time researhing the subject of small time bars.

    Posted by: walter | Mar 31, 2011 12:34:27 PM

  14. Though Montana's government is the American equalivalent of sharia law towards gay people (and therefore full of nuts), drunk driving laws have not been driven by scientific principles.

    A while ago, California lowered the percentage of alcohol allowed in blood despite having no studies to support their conclusions.

    In fact, it probably only resulted in more fines and revenue for the state.

    Posted by: TonyJ | Mar 31, 2011 12:42:53 PM

  15. It was reported that he owns one of the bars!

    Posted by: tommy | Mar 31, 2011 12:44:56 PM

  16. In many cases the law just encourages drunks to drive without a license or insurance, and we fill up jails with non violent offenders for various drug offenses when they should be getting treatment. Populist laws always need heightened scrutiny.

    Posted by: anon | Mar 31, 2011 1:01:09 PM

  17. Vasectomy, party of one!

    Posted by: Jack M | Mar 31, 2011 2:09:48 PM

  18. He's right about drinking establishments being important to small towns, etc. On the other hand, the solution isn't drunk driving, it's returning to horse riding...

    Posted by: BobN | Mar 31, 2011 2:23:33 PM

  19. Has he never heard of designated drivers? Why would you get in a car where everyone has been drinking?

    Posted by: Ioann | Mar 31, 2011 4:16:56 PM

  20. @GEOFF "His theory is pretty one sided...after all, the funeral homes, mortuaries and cemeteries are raking in the cash."

    That actually supports his argument more. You can support local businesses in many way by allowing drunk driving. And then there are the hospitals, auto body repair businesses and the car dealers.

    Posted by: Charlie | Mar 31, 2011 6:58:15 PM

  21. And tomorrow this airhead will introduce a bill to repeal the law of gravity because it holds the people in Montana down. What a rube.

    Posted by: Tyron | Apr 1, 2011 1:14:04 PM

  22. I don't know what the laws are in Montana but in most states the DUI cutoff is .08 which is sort of ridiculous most people's driving is not impaired at .08

    Posted by: testington | Apr 1, 2011 5:28:06 PM

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