Transportation: Open Containers of Alcohol in Motor Vehicles

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HHS Non-systematic Review

Source: National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism

Last Reviewed: January 2019

This webpage includes information about laws that ban open containers of alcoholic beverages in the passenger compartments of noncommercial motor vehicles. It features tables that list:

  • Policies by state as of specific dates
  • Policy changes over time
  • Specific circumstances the policies apply to 

Users can sort and filter the tables by a variety of criteria. In addition to the table, the website provides resources like:

  • Timeline of policy changes
  • Useful maps and charts
  • List of variables and other definitions to help understand the language used in the webpage
  • Detailed information about the policy these laws are based on
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Alcohol Policy Information System. (n.d.). Transportation: Open Containers of Alcohol in Motor Vehicles. Retrieved from