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