R.I. high court: Designated drivers aren’t responsible for drunken friends

May 21, 2012

via http://www.projo.com on May 10, 2012

R.I. high court: Designated drivers aren’t responsible

for drunken friends

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Designated drivers aren’t liable for their drunken friends’ actions after they’ve dropped them off, the state Supreme Court ruled in a decision released Thursday.

The family of a man killed by a drunk driver in 2005 wanted to sue the driver’s friend, who dropped the driver off at his car after a night of partying. They argued he should have driven the friend home instead.

But the Supreme Court said setting that level of liability for designated drivers was the legislature’s call, not the court’s.

“To impose such a duty in this case would amount to the creation of a new cause of action — an election that must be effected, if at all, by the legislature,” the opinion read.

For full article, see http://news.providencejournal.com/breaking-news/2012/05/ri-high-court-d-1.html

 

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