It has long been recognized that the selling and serving of alcohol is privilege and not a right. That is why businesses in the liquor industry must apply for a license and undergo constant regulation to ensure they are meeting established standards of conduct. While it is widely understood that bars and restaurants can be held legally responsible for the over-consumption of alcohol by their customers, what many are unaware of is that, under New Jersey law, any individual acting as a social host can also suffer significant legal penalties for over-serving guests. Anytime alcohol is involved with a social function, the host must be wary of the legal consequences of allowing guests to consume too much alcohol such as DWI accidents.
The holiday season brings many things in New Jersey, including celebrations. Holiday celebrations can be a time to spend with friend and family and often include food and drinks. When holiday celebrations include alcoholic drinks, the potential for a driver to become inebriated and become involved in a car accident can and does increase.
Most of us have had our car break down on a roadway or needed roadside assistance at some point in our lives. For many New Jersey drivers, when a motor vehicle breaks down, it requires the assistance of a tow truck to help move the vehicle and potentially take the vehicle to a mechanic. When the tow truck arrives, it may seem like the end of the accident situation -- but was not the case for a fatal car accident that occurred after a tow truck arrived to provide assistance to one woman.
It's not always clear what an individual is thinking when they drink and decide to get behind the wheel, but one would hope someone was there to stop them. A New Jersey man who admitted to drinking 9 beers nevertheless drove his vehicle while intoxicated and caused a drunken driving crash that killed one man and seriously injured two others. The driver is now expected to serve 10-years in prison.
The legal blood-alcohol limit in New Jersey is .08, but too many times drivers completely ignore this requirement. A New Jersey driver with a blood alcohol level of .23 was operating a pickup truck while giving a ride to a 9-year old passenger (who was not wearing a seat-belt), and the drunk driver subsequently rear-ended another vehicle and injured a 37-year old woman.
There are simply too many car accidents on our road. A 71-year old New Jersey woman was involved in a minor car accident. Just minutes later, after her husband picked her up to drive her home, their vehicle was struck head-on by a van and the woman died a short time later in the hospital.
The Jersey Journal reports that a woman accused of causing a motor vehicle accident on Interstate 95 near Darien on May 7 in which two individuals died was to appear in state Superior Court in Stamford Connecticut on charges related to that accident.
Last Sunday, Elmwood Park Police Chief Donald Ingrasselino had a close call when his police car was struck by a man suspected of drunk driving. Ironically, the accident occurred just as the police chief was on his way to supervise a DUI checkpoint.
After allegedly attempting to cover up a car accident resulting from driving under the influence of alcohol, a grand jury has charged three Hackensack police officers with conspiracy to commit official misconduct.
A motorcyclist who ran a red light, struck a car and was seriously injured in a DWI-related accident after leaving a Toms River restaurant in November 2006 with a blood-alcohol content nearly 2 ½ times over the New Jersey legal limit is now the central player in a case before the state's Supreme Court.