Open Container Laws by State
What Are Open Container Laws?
How Do Open Container Laws for Vehicles Vary from State to State?
- 39 states, including the District of Columbia, are in full compliance with TEA-21 federal standards. This means no open containers containing alcohol at all in:
- The passenger area of any automobile
- Unlocked glove compartments
- Any area of the vehicle that is readily accessible to the driver or seated passengers
- Alaska, Louisiana, Tennessee, and Wyoming have partial bans on open containers in vehicles. These states do not reach the level of conformity specified by TEA-21.
- Arkansas, Connecticut, Delaware, Mississippi, Missouri, Virginia, and West Virginia allow passengers to drink while the vehicle is in motion.
- Only the state of Mississippi permits drivers to consume alcohol while driving. However, the driver must still stay below the 0.08% blood alcohol content limit for DUI.
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Last Modified: 02-26-2014 04:14 PM PST
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