High Court Upholds Liquor Liability Law

1 decade 7 months 1 week ago November 10, 2006 Nov 10, 2006 Friday, November 10 2006 Friday, November 10, 2006 12:39:12 PM CST in News

Shane Rogers is a 20-year veteran of the bartending business, so he knows all about the responsibility that comes with serving alcohol.

"The bartenders and the staff at a bar or establishment where you're at are sober, and we're there to help you," he explained. "I think the liability is a little bit higher, you can get from the bar to a car, or from the bar into the street and get hit by a sober driver, which is what happens in 11% of all alcohol-related accidents, so there should be some liability there."

However, convenience and grocery stores are not legally liable because they don't sell individual servings for drinking there. Stores still have to make sure customers are old enough to buy alcohol.

"A bar or restaurant knows how many drinks you've been having," said PetroMart employee Barbara Wallace. "They have more of a fair call to tell you when you can't have no more."

Rogers said his bar requiries training for all employees so they can identify whom to serve and when to stop serving them.

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