Let's say you've just taken the family out to dinner and were in a
really good mood because your kid just got his learner's permit. You
feel like you and your wife now have a designated driver and you both do
what you haven't done at family restaurant nights in well over decade.
You both get drunk during dinner! You feel it is no big deal as you can
just sit in the passenger seat and let your kid drive your family home.
The fact is that this is a rather murky matter of law. Each state treats
mandating that the person in the passenger seat is sober differently.
Some states are completely fine with it while others make it a crime for
the supervising driver to be under the influence. In New York, for
example, there is a statute called Abbigail's Law. "The bill was named
for Abbagail Buzard, an 8-year-old girl who was killed in a rollover
crash with her underage cousin at the wheel. He only had a Learner’s
Permit, and Abbagail’s father, who told police he was too drunk to drive
himself, was in the passenger seat, acting as the ‘supervising
driver..." Reports NCNews.
Regardless of the laws in your state, you should never let someone with
a learner's permit drive if you are the supervising driver and you
yourself are under the influence of any substance. If you live in
Burlington, Essex, Colchester, Winooski, Williston, Shelburne or
anywhere in the state of Vermont, and have been arrested or charged with
DUI or any crime, call Handy Law for aggressive and experienced legal