Vice Squad
Friday, July 16, 2004
Priests Ask For Right to Drink and Drive

Vice policy can make for strange political alliances, as when educators (hoping for improved state funding) lobby along with gambling interests for increased legal gambling. In Croatia, the government is adopting a zero tolerance policy towards drinking and driving. In late August, the current blood alcohol content per se standard of .05 percent will be reduced to any positive amount; i.e., even a BAC of .01 would be enough to convict someone of impaired driving, which carries a heavy fine. But Croatian priests have to imbibe wine at mass, and some priests conduct multiple masses a day, driving between the churches. So priests are asking to be exempted from the zero tolerance rule.

For some reason, the Croatian story reminds me of the New Zealand binge tax.

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