The Responsible Sales and Service Act was enacted to help prevent such tragedies from happening.
People who serve alcohol as a profession can be a positive force in reducing alcohol-related deaths and injuries. Responsible alcohol sales and service training educates retailers on how to sell and serve alcohol safely.
After the 2009 legislative session, the legislature tasked the Law and Justice Interim Committee with studying the DUI laws in Montana. The committee spent the following year conducting research on the issue. Out of that research, during the 2011 legislative session, the committee proposed 14 bills to the legislature. One of those bills was the Responsible Sales and Service Act. The alcohol industry representatives worked closely with the committee and the legislature to modify the bill.
Effective February 12, 2012, The Responsible Sales and Service Act requires the following be trained:
Anyone who serves or sells alcoholic beverages
Their immediate supervisor
The licensee if they serve or sell themselves
Any new employee hired after February 12, 2012 needs to receive training within 60 days of hire and every three years thereafter by a state approved training provider.
The training promotes four key principles to help businesses operate within the constraints of the law and reduce their liabilities.
Eliminate selling to underage persons.
Eliminate secondary selling.
Eliminate selling to intoxicated customers.
Refuse altered or false identification.
Learn more on Montana's official RASS pages:
Server Training Page
Publications & Resources