Open Container Laws

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Definition of Open Container Laws

Most states have implemented laws regulating an individual's right to have an open container in public and in a car. Open container laws are regulated at the state level and can vary by state but the Federal government with the Transportation Equity Act for the 21st Century (Tea-21) established guidelines that states can follow. If states choose to follow these guidelines they may be eligible to receive roadway funding. If the state fails to comply, a portion of the funding will go to alcohol awareness. Most states ban drivers and passengers from having any type of alcoholic container in their vehicles. All but 11 states have an outright ban on open containers in vehicles. Some states such as Alaska, Louisiana, Tennessee, and Wyoming have a partial ban, and a few states allow passengers to drink.

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