Saturday, November 01, 2008
Liability in OWI
Q: What is the liability of a person who serves too much alcohol to an individual who is then involved in a drunk driving crash?

A: Indiana law does allow both commercial AND social hosts (meaning businesses and individual persons to be held liable in cases of crashes/injury, either through laws on the books or thorough case law decisions. In one case, in Indiana, a jury awarded $60 million to two plaintiffs injured by a drunk driver who had been served free drinks at a grand opening in a civil suit. Hosts and servers need to be very aware of this possibility and have a legal and moral responsibility to take steps to ensure the overserved person is able to safely make their way home, through use of a designated driver, sober friends, or as always, it is far easier to take a cab for $20.00 than the thousands of dollars you will face for a OWI conviction.


posted by South Bend Police Department @ 9:58 AM  

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