New Mexico Rules That Gas Stations Can Be Held Liable For Drunk Drivers

A bar can get in a lot of trouble for serving alcohol to an intoxicated customer – and now New Mexico is extending the same logic to gas stations and drunk drivers.


A New Mexico court ruled this week that gas stations have a “duty of care” not to sell fuel to drivers who are clearly intoxicated.


The ruling declared that “Providing gasoline to an intoxicated driver is like providing car keys to an intoxicated driver”.


A dissenting justice called the ruling a, “sea change in the law [that] could have far-reaching consequences for retail businesses.”



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