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The Vermont Statutes Online

The Vermont Statutes Online have been updated to include the actions of the 2023 session of the General Assembly.

NOTE: The Vermont Statutes Online is an unofficial copy of the Vermont Statutes Annotated that is provided as a convenience.

Title 23 : Motor Vehicles

Chapter 013 : Operation of Vehicles

Subchapter 011 : Miscellaneous Rules

(Cite as: 23 V.S.A. § 1130)
  • § 1130. Permitting unlicensed or impaired person to operate

    (a) No person shall employ another person as an operator of a motor vehicle knowing that the other person is not licensed as provided in this title.

    (b) No person shall permit a motor vehicle owned by him or her or under his or her control to be operated by another person if the person who owns or controls the vehicle knows that the other person has no legal right to operate the vehicle.

    (c)(1) No person who owns or is in control of a vehicle shall intentionally create a direct and immediate opportunity for another person to operate the motor vehicle if the person who owns or controls the vehicle has actual knowledge that the operator is:

    (A) under the influence of alcohol; or

    (B) under the influence of any other drug or under the combined influence of alcohol and any other drug to a degree that renders the person incapable of driving safely.

    (2) This subsection shall not apply if the defendant was placed under duress or subjected to coercion by the other person at the time the defendant enabled the other person to operate the motor vehicle.

    (d)(1) A person who violates subsection (c) of this section shall be fined not more than $1,000.00 or imprisoned for not more than six months, or both.

    (2) If death or if serious bodily injury as defined in 13 V.S.A. § 1021(2) results to any person other than the operator from a violation of subsection (c) of this section, the person convicted of the violation shall be fined not more than $5,000.00 or imprisoned not more than two years, or both. The provisions of this subdivision do not limit or restrict prosecutions for manslaughter. (Added 1971, No. 258 (Adj. Sess.), § 3, eff. March 1, 1973; amended 2011, No. 56, § 2; 2017, No. 83, § 161(4).)