Arguments Heard for Maryland Dram Shop Liability

Arguments were heard by the Maryland court of Appeals yesterday in the case of a driver who consumed 17 beers and other alcohol before crashing into another car and killing a 10-year-old girl. They are debating whether to institute dram shop liability, causing bars and restaurants to hold responsibility if a drunk customer crashes their vehicle. Around 44 states have a type of dram shop law currently, and Maryland is one of few that has none. Making retailers hold responsibility will lead to fewer crash fatalities and injuries, stated the Community Preventive Services Task Force. Mothers Against Drunk Driving is also in support of a dram shop law, according to news reports.

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