Mothers Against Drunk Driving, or MADD, is an organization that is familiar to many. While most people know that this group of dedicated individuals takes a strong stance against drunk driving, many are unaware that the group supports a number of alcohol-related initiatives in Florida and throughout the country.
One such initiative is dram shop and social host liability.
Dram shop and social host liability laws are on the books in 41 states across the nation, including Florida, and the District of Columbia. These laws hold bar owners, servers, and social hosts, among others, liable for over-serving adults and, in many cases, minors, when the intoxicated person causes death or injury to a third-party as a result of a vehicle collision.
Pursuant to statute § 768.125, vendors have limited liability for intoxicated adults and full responsibility for intoxicated minors. Social hosts are not held liable for either.
Dram Shop and Social Host Liability Details
Dram shop and social host responsibility laws are not meant to single out servers and hosts. Instead, they are meant to shed more light on the totality of responsibility when it comes to death or injury to third-parties due to drunk driving. Preventing the preventable is a joint effort.