By Amy Feldman

By Amy E. Feldman

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Did you know you can be arrested for drunk driving offenses if you aren’t driving?

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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.

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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.

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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.