If a person is killed by a drunk driver, the offender is subject to one to 15 years and prison, a fine of up to $10,000, or both. If a drunk driver causes another person to suffer serious bodily injury, the offender is subject to one to 15 years in prison, a fine of up to $5,000, or both. If a death occurs on a third or subsequent offense, there is a mandatory minimum imprisonment term of 5 years unless justice and public safety require otherwise.
In addition to other penalties that may apply under Vermont’s DUI laws, a commercial driver who commits a first DUI while driving any vehicle will be disqualified from driving a commercial vehicle for one year. If, however, the driver was transporting hazardous materials at the time, the suspension period is three years. A commercial driver who commits a second DUI while driving any vehicle will have his or her commercial license revoked for life, which may or may not be reduced to a period of not less than 10 years.
In addition to other penalties that may apply, an underage driver who commits a first DUI will have his or her driver’s license suspended for six months. The offender will also be required to participate in an alcohol abuse program. For a second or subsequent violation, the offender’s driver’s license will be suspended for one year or until he or she reaches 21, whichever period is longer. The offender will also be required to participate in an alcohol abuse program.
Under Vermont’s Dram Shop Act, a spouse, child, guardian, employer, or other person who is injured by an intoxicated person has a right of action against a licensed drinking establishment if the establishment caused in whole or in part the intoxication by selling or furnishing liquor to a minor, to a person apparently under the influence of liquor, to a person after legal serving hours, or to a person whom it would be reasonable to expect would be under the influence of alcohol as a result of the amount of alcohol served to that person. An action to recover damages under Vermont’s Dram Shop Act must be brought within two years after the date of the injury.
Under Vermont law, a “social host” is a person who does not and is not required to hold a liquor license. Under this law, a social host who furnishes alcohol to a person under 21 may be required to pay money damages for injuries caused by the minor’s intoxication if the social host knew, or should have known, that the minor was under the legal drinking age.
It is a crime for a licensed drinking establishment or any person to serve alcohol to a person under 21. A violation of this law subjects the offender to up to two years in prison, a fine of $500 to $2,000, or both If, however, the minor is involved in a motor vehicle accident that causes death or serious bodily injury to the minor or to another person, the offender is subject to up to five years in prison, a fine of up to $10,000, or both.
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