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State Law: Open Container - Alcohol
  • In compliance with Federal requirements
  • Does not meet Federal requirements
  • No open container law

Established in an effort to reduce drunk driving, open container laws prohibit individuals from being in possession of open containers of alcohol while in a motor vehicle. These restrictions can apply to the driver alone or both the driver and passengers in a vehicle. In order for a state to be in compliance with Federal requirements, the following criteria must be met:

  • Prohibit both possession of any open alcoholic beverage container and consumption of any alcoholic beverage in a motor vehicle
  • Have provisions that cover the entire passenger area of any motor vehicle, including any unlocked glove compartments and accessible storage areas
  • Apply to all beverage alcohol including beer, wine, and spirits
  • Apply to all vehicle occupants (notable exceptions include passengers of limousines, buses, taxi cabs, or persons in the living quarters of motor homes)
  • Apply to all vehicles on public highways or right-of-way of a public highway (includes the roadway and shoulder)
  • Require primary enforcement

As of 2016, 40 states and the District of Columbia are in compliance with these requirements.

To learn more about open container laws, refer to our policy position.

To submit a law update, please contact out Director of Traffic Safety at erin.holmes@responsibility.org

2015 Alcohol-Impaired Driving Fatality Data National
Total Alcohol-Impaired Driving Fatalities 10,265
Percent of Alcohol-Impaired Driving Fatalities of Total Fatalities 29.3
Under 21 Alcohol-Impaired Driving Fatalities 1,021
Percent of Under 21 Alcohol-Impaired Driving Fatalities of Total Under 21 Fatalities 23.0
2015 Alcohol-Impaired Driving Fatalities per 100,000 Population
Alcohol-Impaired Driving Fatalities per 100K population 3.2
Under 21 Alcohol-Impaired Driving Fatalities per 100K population 1.2
2006-2015 % Change in Alcohol-Impaired Driving Fatalities per 100K Pop
10-year Change in Alcohol-Impaired Driving Fatalities per 100K pop -29.0
10-year Change in Under 21 Alcohol-Impaired Driving Fatalities per 100K pop -49.7
Percent of Alcohol-Impaired Driving Fatalities Involving high BAC drivers (.15+)*
BAC=.15+ 69.2
Percent of Drivers in Fatal Crashes Involving Repeat Offenders
BAC .08-.14 27.0
BAC .15+ 73.0
12-20 Year Old Alcohol Consumption (latest available)
Past Month Alcohol Consumption (2014-2015) 21.6
Binge Drinking in Past 30-days (2012-2014) 14.4
2015 Arrest Data
Under 18: Driving under the influence 5,064
Total: Driving under the influence 833,833
Under 18: Liquor laws 33,155
Total: Liquor laws 204,665
Under 18: Drunkenness 4,243
Total: Drunkenness 314,856

Alcohol-Impaired Driving Fatality Data Source: NHTSA/FARS, 10/16

*Among drivers with a known alcohol test result

*Youth Consumption Data Source: SAMHSA, Office of Applied Studies, National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 12/15, (http://www.samhsa.gov/data/population-data-nsduh)

*Arrest Data Source: 2015 FBI Uniform Crime Report (Tables 38 and 69)

**Drunkenness is not considered a crime in some states; therefore, the figures may vary widely from state to state

*Limited, incomplete, or no data were reported by the District of Columbia, Florida, Illinois, and New York in the 2015 Uniform Crime Report. Data should be used with caution and should not be compared to other states or previous year data.

Note: Because the number of agencies submitting arrest data varies from year to year, users are cautioned about making direct comparisons between 2015 arrest totals and those published in previous years’ editions of Crime in the United States. Further, arrest figures may vary widely from state to state because some Part II crimes of the Uniform Crime Report are not considered crimes in some states.

For a comprehensive report on the 2015 (latest available) State of Drunk Driving Fatalities in America, click here.

State State Law
Alabama In compliance with Federal requirements
Alaska Does not meet Federal requirements
Arizona In compliance with Federal requirements
Arkansas Does not meet Federal requirements
California In compliance with Federal requirements
Colorado In compliance with Federal requirements
Connecticut Does not meet Federal requirements
Delaware Does not meet Federal requirements
District of Columbia In compliance with Federal requirements
Florida In compliance with Federal requirements
Georgia In compliance with Federal requirements
Hawaii In compliance with Federal requirements
Idaho In compliance with Federal requirements
Illinois In compliance with Federal requirements
Indiana In compliance with Federal requirements
Iowa In compliance with Federal requirements
Kansas In compliance with Federal requirements
Kentucky In compliance with Federal requirements
Louisiana Does not meet Federal requirements
Maine In compliance with Federal requirements
Maryland In compliance with Federal requirements
Massachusetts In compliance with Federal requirements
Michigan In compliance with Federal requirements
Minnesota In compliance with Federal requirements
Mississippi No open container law
Missouri Does not meet Federal requirements
Montana In compliance with Federal requirements
Nebraska In compliance with Federal requirements
Nevada In compliance with Federal requirements
New Hampshire In compliance with Federal requirements
New Jersey In compliance with Federal requirements
New Mexico In compliance with Federal requirements
New York In compliance with Federal requirements
North Carolina In compliance with Federal requirements
North Dakota In compliance with Federal requirements
Ohio In compliance with Federal requirements
Oklahoma In compliance with Federal requirements
Oregon In compliance with Federal requirements
Pennsylvania In compliance with Federal requirements
Rhode Island In compliance with Federal requirements
South Carolina In compliance with Federal requirements
South Dakota In compliance with Federal requirements
Tennessee Does not meet Federal requirements
Texas In compliance with Federal requirements
Utah In compliance with Federal requirements
Vermont In compliance with Federal requirements
Virginia Does not meet Federal requirements
Washington In compliance with Federal requirements
West Virginia In compliance with Federal requirements
Wisconsin In compliance with Federal requirements
Wyoming Does not meet Federal requirements