Imposing Punitive Damages on the Intoxicated Driver
28 Pages Posted: 4 Apr 2013
Date Written: 1984
This Article explores the traditional justification for the imposition of punitive damage liability in the context of drunk driving. Though courts have increasingly found such damages to be available in the appropriate case, neither the deterrence nor punishment rationales can be justified in the absence of widespread public awareness that specific conduct has the potential to result in liability. Criminal sanction, therefore, better serves to accomplish the intended purposes.
Keywords: drunk driving, punitive damages, liability, driving while intoxicated, DWI
JEL Classification: K13
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