Alcoholic beverages; penalty for possession of open container of alcohol in a motor vehicle. (HB1614)

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


11/19/2008Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/14/09 097768692
11/19/2008Referred to Committee on Militia, Police and Public Safety
01/16/2009Impact statement from DPB (HB1614)
01/20/2009Assigned MPPS sub: #2
01/29/2009Subcommittee recommends laying on the table by voice vote
02/10/2009Left in Militia, Police and Public Safety


Bill writes:

Just one more step toward prohibition, the true goal of MADD. What harm does a passenger having a beer have on anyone? Stop the MADDness! Educate yourself at

Carson writes:

I agree with Bill. Furthermore, who cares if I am driving alone and have a half empty bottle I am transporting? Driving drunk is stupid. Creating laws that prevent nothing, solve nothing, and just punish good people for no reason, is REALLY stupid.