Possession of open container of alcohol in a motor vehicle; penalty. (HB27)

Introduced By

Del. Bob Purkey (R-Virginia Beach)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Possession of open container of alcohol in a motor vehicle; penalty. Provides that no person shall possess an alcoholic beverage in the passenger area of a motor vehicle upon a public highway of the Commonwealth in other than the manufacturer's unopened, original container. The bill punishes violators with a civil penalty of $25. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


11/30/2007Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/09/08 084458692
11/30/2007Referred to Committee on Militia, Police and Public Safety
01/17/2008Impact statement from DPB (HB27)
02/12/2008Left in Militia, Police and Public Safety


Jeremy Beales writes:

So if I am driving over to a friends house for a party and throw an already opened bottle of liquor in the back seat that would be against the law? If the person has been drinking punish the DUI, but what's the harm of transporting alcohol that has had the seal broken? This doesn't make any sense to me.

James Stanley writes:

I also think this is a dumb law. I fully agree with Mr. Beales. There must be exceptions and if you have exception then exemption make the law difficult to enforce. Eliminate the law totally.