By Amy E. Feldman
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Did you know you can be arrested for drunk driving offenses if you aren’t driving?READ MORE: Former Pennsylvania AG Kathleen Kane Due In Court For Alleged Probation Violation
Two Connecticut teenagers were arrested last month and charged with reckless endangerment after allowing a 17-year-old highly intoxicated friend to get behind the wheel, crash her car and die. Neither of the teens charged was the host of a party at which alcohol was served, and neither was in the car when she got into the accident.
Can you be held liable for a drunk driving accident if you neither served the booze nor drove the car? The answer, in a growing number of states, is yes.READ MORE: Allentown Lowers Part-Time, Seasonal Employment Age Requirement To 15
If you own a car and knowingly allow a drunk person to drive it, you can be held liable, as was former Ravens player Steve McNair, who was charged in 2007 with drunk driving charges even though he was a passenger in his car when it was being driven by a drunk.
If you don’t own the car, many states are charging people who allow others to drive drunk with facilitation of drunk driving by consent or aiding and abetting drunk driving.MORE NEWS: WATCH LIVE: DA Krasner To Award Violence Prevention Grants To 3 Youth Cycling Programs
The bottom line on this one is to step up when you see someone with the keys in her hand. Losing a friend is far worse than losing your clean record, but both can be the result if you allow someone who shouldn’t to drive.