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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 DataNational
Total Alcohol-Impaired Driving Fatalities10,265
Percent of Alcohol-Impaired Driving Fatalities of Total Fatalities29.3
Under 21 Alcohol-Impaired Driving Fatalities1,021
Percent of Under 21 Alcohol-Impaired Driving Fatalities of Total Under 21 Fatalities23.0
2015 Alcohol-Impaired Driving Fatalities per 100,000 Population
Alcohol-Impaired Driving Fatalities per 100K population3.2
Under 21 Alcohol-Impaired Driving Fatalities per 100K population1.2
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-.1427.0
BAC .15+73.0
2013 and 2014 12-20 Year Old Alcohol Consumption (latest available)
Past Month Alcohol Consumption22.8
Binge Drinking in Past 30-days14.0
2015 Arrest Data
Under 18: Driving under the influence5,064
Total: Driving under the influence833,833
Under 18: Liquor laws33,155
Total: Liquor laws204,665
Under 18: Drunkenness4,243
Total: Drunkenness314,856

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 2016 State of Drunk Driving Fatalities in America, click here.

StateState Law
AlabamaIn compliance with Federal requirements
AlaskaDoes not meet Federal requirements
ArizonaIn compliance with Federal requirements
ArkansasDoes not meet Federal requirements
CaliforniaIn compliance with Federal requirements
ColoradoIn compliance with Federal requirements
ConnecticutDoes not meet Federal requirements
DelawareDoes not meet Federal requirements
District of ColumbiaIn compliance with Federal requirements
FloridaIn compliance with Federal requirements
GeorgiaIn compliance with Federal requirements
HawaiiIn compliance with Federal requirements
IdahoIn compliance with Federal requirements
IllinoisIn compliance with Federal requirements
IndianaIn compliance with Federal requirements
IowaIn compliance with Federal requirements
KansasIn compliance with Federal requirements
KentuckyIn compliance with Federal requirements
LouisianaDoes not meet Federal requirements
MaineIn compliance with Federal requirements
MarylandIn compliance with Federal requirements
MassachusettsIn compliance with Federal requirements
MichiganIn compliance with Federal requirements
MinnesotaIn compliance with Federal requirements
MississippiNo open container law
MissouriDoes not meet Federal requirements
MontanaIn compliance with Federal requirements
NebraskaIn compliance with Federal requirements
NevadaIn compliance with Federal requirements
New HampshireIn compliance with Federal requirements
New JerseyIn compliance with Federal requirements
New MexicoIn compliance with Federal requirements
New YorkIn compliance with Federal requirements
North CarolinaIn compliance with Federal requirements
North DakotaIn compliance with Federal requirements
OhioIn compliance with Federal requirements
OklahomaIn compliance with Federal requirements
OregonIn compliance with Federal requirements
PennsylvaniaIn compliance with Federal requirements
Rhode IslandIn compliance with Federal requirements
South CarolinaIn compliance with Federal requirements
South DakotaIn compliance with Federal requirements
TennesseeDoes not meet Federal requirements
TexasIn compliance with Federal requirements
UtahIn compliance with Federal requirements
VermontIn compliance with Federal requirements
VirginiaDoes not meet Federal requirements
WashingtonIn compliance with Federal requirements
West VirginiaIn compliance with Federal requirements
WisconsinIn compliance with Federal requirements
WyomingDoes not meet Federal requirements