Wednesday, June 03, 2009

you can still take your road soda with you

if you so choose.

i don't. i don't ever have an open container of alcohol in my car but i COULD if i wanted to.

i don't think a lot of people realize you CAN have an open beer in a car in connecticut. a passenger can drink all they want. a driver can even have an open container. they just can't actually be DRINKING it and driving. nor can they be over the limit.

i'm not sure how i feel about all of that. i DO think it's ok to be drinking in a car if it's a hired car or bus with a hired sober driver (a limo for example).


'Open Container' Bill Dies
|The Hartford Courant
A bill that would have made it illegal for anyone to have an open container of an alcoholic beverage in a vehicle on Connecticut roads was killed Tuesday in the state House of Representatives.

The bill, which would have made Connecticut one of about 40 states with open container laws, won approval last week in the Senate, and proponents in the House thought that they had the votes to pass it and send it to Gov. M. Jodi Rell for her signature.

But as the House's debate entered its third hour Tuesday, some legislators began hammering on the fact that the bill would make only drivers -- not passengers who were drinking -- subject to tickets beginning at $90 for the first offense and increasing to $500 for the third.

That, the opponents said, would penalize designated drivers who stay sober while others drink in the vehicle...............

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