By: Barbara Snider, Senior Counsel, and John Hinman, Senior Partner
Welcome to the insanely complicated world of alcohol regulation!
New legislative changes have now clarified that it’s a crime for almost all licensees to provide free transportation home from events and evenings out.
Unbeknown to most, California ABC law has consistently prohibited almost all alcoholic beverage licensees from providing free rides to customers because “free rides” are considered by the ABC an impermissible “thing of value,” and are considered by the anti-alcohol forces an inducement to consumption. While this prohibition has seldom (if ever) been enforced, it places responsible licensees who want to make sure that their customers are getting home safely in a very difficult spot – do they violate the law by providing a free ride home, or do they potentially endanger the community by allowing an inebriated customer to drive (or get) home on their own?Read More