Drink, Drank, Drunk - But Don't Drive

Drink, Drank, Drunk - But Don't Drive

Back before mp3s, even before CDs, Cyndi Lauper sang "Girls Just Wanna Have Fun." Boys too.

Alcohol is a time honored part of that fun. Toby Keith gets it: "Red Solo cup. I fill you up. Lets have a party."

A couple of recent high-profile fatal drunk-driving accidents in Nashville are reminders to restaurant and bar owners to re-examine the delicate tension between consumers wanting to drink to intoxication, with the fact that drunk driving can be lethal.

This weekend, The Tennessean featured a story about restaurant and bar liability. In the article, I summarize the basic legal duties for alcohol service by restaurants and bars.

Owners are forced to balance a fine line between being a place for folks to have fun, against the reality that having fun with alcohol can lead to drunk driving accidents and fatalities.

We encourage owners to review their internal rules about handling intoxicated patrons. Be innovative about ways to prevent intoxicated patrons from driving. Educate your staff and be extra vigilant.

No one wants to wake up one morning to find out your business served a patron that killed someone on their way home.

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