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upgrayedd
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Open container in vehicle law...what's the point?


What is the thought process behind making it illegal for passengers to drink in a moving vehicle? It's not illegal to ride in a vehicle while intoxicated and there are already laws prohibiting driving while under the influence. So what is the point?






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Luv your member name <3





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Scruffy
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Honestly, I never understood this law either.





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joshnorris14
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So what is the point?


Probable cause.






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CarrolltonTiger
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re: Open container in vehicle law...what's the point?


To stop the driver from passing his drink to a passenger when stopped and claiming it was theirs.





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Malik Agar
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Man I love booze cruising.





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Beer Bryant
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$$$$$ I think it's $180 per open container in Florida. Throw away those empty beer cans!





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upgrayedd
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re: Open container in vehicle law...what's the point?


Should that matter if the driver has a BAL less than the legal limit?





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chity
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I think it is legal in Mississippi.





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Turbeauxdog
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Why is it illegal to drink while driving while there are already penalties for driving while intoxicated?

Why do we have laws against driving while intoxicated if we already have penalties for driving wrecklessly or aggressively?

Why do we have laws against driving wrecklessly or aggressively when we already have penalties for causing accidents?

Why do we have laws against causing accidents when we already have penalties for causing physical harm or property damage?

Answer? We like to have a bunch of laws.






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CarrolltonTiger
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Should that matter if the driver has a BAL less than the legal limit?


Is he being charged with being intoxicated or drinking while driving? If the former yes, if the latter no.






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upgrayedd
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Is he being charged with being intoxicated or drinking while driving? If the former yes, if the latter no.


Well I guess that calls into question the validity of the "drinking while driving" law if the driver is not legally under the influence. But, I guess that would be another thread and...








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Antonio Moss
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Open container in vehicle law...what's the point?


$$$






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CarrolltonTiger
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$$$


Is that true?

I suspect the automated cameras and administrative procedures to handle speeding, illegal turns and running stop signs is very lucrative. Do other traffic cases handled in the older manner really raise much revenue for a metroplitan area? Sure in a speed trap town they can be lucrative. But I doubt they are that efficient in cities to cover the police time, court and administrative bureaucracy.






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Zach
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Some random points...

1. Politicians are obsessed with public safety. That's why there are laws in some counties where you can't ride a bicycle without a helmet. That's why some jackass in South La. proposed a bill yesterday requiring that to purchase any handgun you had to have a gun safety class with certification.

2. In the 1950s in New Iberia it was not illegal for a man to drive a car on the weekend without a beer in his hand, but it was looked upon with great suspicion.

3. The best drunk driver I ever saw was a guy named Steve. He was a dry wall painter on our men's softball team back in the 80s. We had a tournament in East Texas. He picked me up with 3 other guys in his car at 7 a.m. Guy in the back seat said "Want a beer, Zach." I declined. Steve had 3 or 4.
After game one he opened an ice chest with 10 pounds of boiled crawfish and a bottle of Jack Daniels. He ate the cold crawfish while swigging the Jack straight from the bottle. In the second game he hit 2 homers and played great in center field.
He then drove us home with no swerving and no slurred speech. Some people can really handle a lot of booze.







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Malik Agar
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Some people are such tanks/alcoholics that they function better while wasted. If they were to be sober they'd have the shakes so bad they could wreck.





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TigerintheNO
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It's not illegal to ride in a vehicle while intoxicated


It is in some states-
example if the driver is also drunk and the car is yours, you go to jail.






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Antonio Moss
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Do other traffic cases handled in the older manner really raise much revenue for a metroplitan area?


Yes, absolutely.

In fact, most community governments are almost fully funded by fines from traffic infractions.






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crawdaddy52
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In major cities like LA, parking tickets are big money.





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mworld938
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Dumb law. Most cops use good discretion because I have been guilty of this and they have been cool with me.





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