Rhode Island Court Rules on Designated Drivers’ Liability

Rhode Island’s Supreme Court has ruled that designated drivers are not responsible for what their drunken passengers do after giving them rides. Last Thursday’s ruling involved a 2005 crash in Scituate that killed two people. Authorities say 20-year-old Matthew Milner was drunk when he was dropped off in a parking lot by a friend to get his vehicle, and he later caused a head-on crash that killed himself and a married father of four from Westerly, Eldrick Johnson.

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