Connecticut bars and restaurants face civil liability for selling alcoholic beverages to an intoxicated person who subsequently injures another person or causes property damage. Establishments face damages up to $250,000 for injuries or harm from drunk driving accidents under the state's dram shop liability law.
Drunk driving in Connecticut is fatal. The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration reported that the state suffered 85 fatalities due to drunk driving accidents in 2012.
Impaired driving is a fatal threat to pedestrians. In Connecticut and throughout the United States, according to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration, 48 percent of all pedestrian fatalities involved a drunk driver or pedestrian in 2011. Connecticut suffered 36 pedestrian fatalities by all causes in 2012, according to the NHTSA. The NHTSA also found that drunk driving accidents caused 85 deaths in the state for that year.
A 54-year-old man from Essex was sentenced on June 30 to four years in prison for drunk driving in the Aug. 18, 2010 death of a motorcyclist that he hit in Hartford. The defendant also faces civil lawsuits stemming from the auto accident.