Jacksonville cracks down on serving alcohol to minors



Last weekend, Department of Business and Professional Regulation’s Division of Alcoholic Beverages and Tobacco agents patrolled the area at the FSU/UF game to keep alcohol out of the hands of the underage.ABT agents arrested a total of 22 people for possession of alcoholic beverages by underage persons during the pre-game festivities.

While the end of the season game has become known for the underage drinking, alcohol related auto accidents continue to climb. This has lead to random checks of more than dozen establishments in the Jacksonville area to see if they will sell alcohol to minors.

Liquor stores generally do not face the same kind of liability as a Bar for injury, property damage or death related to a teenage drunk driver. Florida’s Dram Shop Law does allow the victims of drink driving accidents to sue bars, hotels or restaurants that sell alcohol to underage teens who are injured or injure others as a result, if the bar either didn’t ask for an ID or ignored an obviously fake ID. And parents who provide alcohol in their homes to minors can be facing a violation of social host liability laws that includes liability for death, injuries, and property damage that may result when a young person is intoxicated.

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Florida’s law on these issues can be complex and confusing. If you have been injured by an underage intoxicated driver, you will need to consult with an experienced Florida accident attorney who can help you.

Michael E. Seelie, PA has represented people in Jacksonville, Florida and the surrounding communities of Orange Park, St. Augustine, Green Cove Springs, Callahan, Palatka, Fernandina Beach, Gainesville, and Lake City in accident and injury cases since 1978.