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Ohio State Patrol To Enforce Dram Shop Laws

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Ohio State Patrol To Enforce Dram Shop Laws

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Dram shop is a legal term referring to a bar where alcoholic beverages are sold. Traditionally, it referred to a shop where spirits were sold by the dram, a small unit of liquid. Dram shop laws which are designed to make business establishments liable for the injuries or damages caused by persons to whom they have sold alcohol. For example, if a bar or tavern sells alcohol to a patron, and that patron then injures someone in a car accident, the dram shop law allows the plaintiff to recover damages from the bar as well as the intoxicated person.


According to Ohio’s dram shop law, persons who were injured by an intoxicated person may have a cause of action against the business establishment who sold them the alcoholic beverage. The business’ liability depends somewhat on where the injury actually occurred:

·        On the premises: If the injury occurred on the business owner’s premises, or in a parking lot under their control, the business owner will be held liable if the injury was caused by the negligence of the business or a business employee.
·        Off premises: A business owner or employee may be held liable for injuries that occurred off premises if the establishment sold alcohol to a person who was visibly intoxicated, or if the person was a minor. These injuries may include automobile accidents as well as attacks or fist fights.
Starting this year, Ohio law enforcement officials will conduct investigations to determine where drunk drivers involved in accidents bought their alcohol and could file charges if the establishment served the driver too much. The Ohio Investigative Unit, formerly the Liquor Control Division, restructured and dedicated agents to those specific investigations involving liquor establishments that served drunk drivers involved in traffic crashes or any type of traffic stop involving a driver less than 21 years old.  A local report on this new initiative can be found here and the video is below.



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