2017 Indiana Code
TITLE 9. Motor Vehicles
CHAPTER 15. Open Alcoholic Beverage Containers; Consumption of Alcohol in Motor Vehicles
9-30-15-3. Open alcoholic beverage container during operation of motor vehicle; Class C infraction

Universal Citation: IN Code § 9-30-15-3 (2017)
IC 9-30-15-3 Open alcoholic beverage container during operation of motor vehicle; Class C infraction

     Sec. 3. (a) This section does not apply to the following:

(1) A container possessed by a person, other than the operator of the motor vehicle, who is in the:

(A) passenger compartment of a motor vehicle designed, maintained, or used primarily for the transportation of persons for compensation; or

(B) living quarters of a house coach or house trailer.

(2) A container located in a fixed center console or other similar fixed compartment that is locked.

(3) A container located:

(A) behind the last upright seat; or

(B) in an area not normally occupied by a person;

in a motor vehicle that is not equipped with a trunk.

     (b) A person in a motor vehicle who, while the motor vehicle is in operation or while the motor vehicle is located on the right-of-way of a public highway, possesses a container:

(1) that has been opened;

(2) that has a broken seal; or

(3) from which some of the contents have been removed;

in the passenger compartment of the motor vehicle commits a Class C infraction.

     (c) A violation of this section is not considered a moving traffic violation:

(1) for purposes of IC 9-14-12-3; and

(2) for which points are assessed by the bureau under the point system.

As added by P.L.53-1994, SEC.11. Amended by P.L.33-1997, SEC.15; P.L.1-2000, SEC.14; P.L.209-2005, SEC.1; P.L.290-2013, SEC.1; P.L.198-2016, SEC.605.


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