(1) A person commits the offense of violation of the open container law in a motor vehicle if the person does any of the following:
(a) Drinks any alcoholic liquor in a motor vehicle when the vehicle is upon a highway.
(b) Possesses on one’s person, while in a motor vehicle upon a highway, any bottle, can or other receptacle containing any alcoholic liquor, which has been opened, or a seal broken, or the contents of which have been partially removed.
(c) Keeps in a motor vehicle when the vehicle is upon any highway, any bottle, can or other receptacle containing any alcoholic liquor, which has been opened, or a seal broken, or the contents of which have been partially removed. The following apply to this paragraph:
(A) This paragraph applies only to the registered owner of any motor vehicle or, if the registered owner is not then present in the vehicle, to the driver of the vehicle.
(B) This paragraph does not apply if the bottle, can or other receptacle is kept in the trunk of the vehicle, or kept in some other area of the vehicle not normally occupied by the driver or passengers if the vehicle is not equipped with a trunk.
(C) For purposes of this paragraph, a utility compartment or glove compartment is considered within the area occupied by the driver and passengers.
(D) This paragraph does not apply to the living quarters of a camper or motor home.
(2) The offense described in this section does not apply to passengers in a motor vehicle operated by a common carrier and used primarily to carry passengers for hire.
(3) The offense described in this section, violation of the open container law in a motor vehicle, is a Class B traffic violation. [1983 c.338 §597; 1985 c.16 §303; 2001 c.827 §10]Section: Previous 811.150 811.155 811.157 811.159 811.160 811.165 811.167 811.170 811.172 811.175 811.180 811.182 811.185 811.190 811.195 Next
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