Furthermore, what's the difference between someone SERVING me drinks at a bar, vs someone selling me an entire bottle of liquor and letting me serve myself?
Tom, as a taxi driver, has seen more than his share of drunks staggering out of bars at closing time and climbing into their cars. It's my understanding that most states' Dram Act laws require only that the bartenders should have known. In Elmhurst, next town over, the cops actually hang out at some of these bars at closing time to prevent fights and subliminally encourage people to use the taxis that line the front curb.
Whether a bar owner can be held legally liable for a drunk causing an accident, I'm not sure. Civil liability is another matter, however. The injured party is going to look for the deepest pockets to sue, and that is not likely to be the drunk. Liquor establishments have insurance for that very eventuality.
Can't we just turn Congress off and then turn it back on again?