New Open Container Law Effective July 1, 2005


Any person in the passenger compartment of a motor vehicle may not possess an alcoholic beverage container that:


ō     Has been opened


ō     Has a broken seal


ō     Has had some of its contents removed



The motor vehicle does not need to be in motion for a violation to exist.


The responsibility  ultimately falls on the driver of the vehicle and he/ she will receive the ticket for violations of this law.


The law applies to cars, trucks, vans and SUVís. In vehicles that do not have a separate trunk compartment, such as SUVís any open container must be stored behind the rear-most upright seat.  Motor homes that have a distinct separation between the driverís compartment and living compartment are exempt from the open container law. 




Ripley County Sheriff