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Selling Fuel to Intoxicated Drivers

July 23, 2021 – The Line opinion round table offers reactions and insight on the New Mexico Supreme Court’s recent decision that gas stations have a duty to refuse to sell fuel to drunk drivers. Under the ruling, businesses could be held liable if a drunk driver then injures someone. The NM Supreme Court made the decision in the wake of a wrongful death lawsuit filed by the family of a man killed by an intoxicated driver who had run out of gas, walked to a station for a small amount, then returned to fill up before causing the deadly accident. 

Host: Gene Grant 

Line Guests: 
Inez Russell Gomez, editorial page editor, Santa Fe New Mexican 
Serge Martinez, UNM Law School  
Diane Snyder, former state senator 

For More Information: 

New Mexico Supreme Court: gasoline stations may be liable for selling fuel to intoxicated drivers BBC News 

New Mexico to make gas stations liable for selling fuel to intoxicated drivers KOAT 

New Mexico becomes 2nd state to make gas stations liable for drunk drivers Associated Press 

New Mexico Supreme Court rules gas stations can be liable for DUIs Autoblog