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Landmark bar to take steps to reduce drunk driving risk

A fatal traffic accident took place in Ewing, New Jersey, and it has prompted changes at a local pub. At the Landmark American Tap & Grill, the hours of service have changed in response to a fatal accident that happened on Dec. 2, 2018. That night, a drunken person left the pub, got behind the wheel of a vehicle and hit another vehicle within moments of leaving the venue.

The original story told of a 20-year-old student who was taking five of his friends home when a vehicle coming the other direction suddenly crossed the yellow line and hit the vehicle head-on. The 20-year-old man did not survive the crash.

As a result of this horrifying incident, the bar decided to start keeping close tabs on how much people have been drinking each night. Additionally, the servers wear pins that ask patrons to state if they need a ride home. There are water pitchers available on the ends of the bar and signs to show that there are parking passes available to anyone who has to leave their vehicle to take a ride-sharing service home. These simple changes could help save lives, but the bar wanted to do more. It also stopped serving large mixed drinks, opting to sell individual beverages instead to monitor their customers' intake. The bar now stops taking drink orders at 10:45 p.m. and closes at midnight.

As someone who has been hurt or lost a loved one in a drunk driving crash, these changes may seem like the least a venue can do after one of its patrons kills another person. It's something that you can ask for if you're injured or hurt by a drunk driver, too.

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