2017 Kentucky Revised Statutes
CHAPTER 189 - TRAFFIC REGULATIONS -- VEHICLE EQUIPMENT AND STORAGE
.530 Providing motor vehicle to person intoxicated or under influence of substance which may impair driving ability -- Possession of open alcoholic beverage container in a motor vehicle prohibited -- Exceptions -- Definitions -- Election of offenses to prosecute.
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Providing motor vehicle to person intoxicated or under influence of
substance which may impair driving ability -- Possession of open alcoholic
beverage container in a motor vehicle prohibited -- Exceptions -- Definitions -Election of offenses to prosecute.
No person shall provide a motor vehicle to another to operate upon a highway,
knowing that the other person is in an intoxicated condition, or under the influence
of any substance which may impair one's driving ability.
A person is guilty of possession of an open alcoholic beverage container in a motor
vehicle, when he or she has in his or her possession an open alcoholic beverage
container in the passenger area of a motor vehicle located on a public highway or on
the right-of-way of a public highway. However, nothing in this section shall prohibit
the possession of an open alcoholic beverage container by an individual who is
strictly a passenger and not the driver, in the passenger area of a motor vehicle
maintained or used primarily for the transportation of persons for compensation,
such as buses, taxis, and limousines, or in a recreational vehicle, motor home, or
For purposes of this section, "alcoholic beverage" means:
(a) Beer, ale, porter, stout, and other similar fermented beverages including sake
or similar products of any name or description containing one-half of one
percent (0.5%) or more of alcohol by volume, brewed or produced from malt,
wholly or in part, or from any substitute therefor;
(b) Wine of not less than one-half of one percent (0.5%) of alcohol by volume; or
(c) Distilled spirits which is that substance known as ethyl alcohol, ethanol, or
spirits of wine in any form including all dilutions and mixtures thereof from
whatever source or by whatever process produced.
For the purposes of this section, "open alcoholic beverage container" means any
bottle, can, or other receptacle that contains any amount of alcoholic beverage, and:
(a) Is open or has a broken seal; or
(b) The contents of which are partially removed.
For the purposes of this section, "passenger area" means the area designed to seat
the driver and the passengers while the motor vehicle is in operation and any area
that is readily accessible to the driver or a passenger while in their seating positions,
including the glove compartment. Passenger area does not include possession of an
open alcoholic beverage container in a locked glove compartment, or behind the last
upright seat or in an area not normally occupied by the driver or a passenger in a
motor vehicle that is not equipped with a trunk.
For the purpose of this section, "public highway" or "right-of-way of a public
highway" means the entire width between and immediately adjacent to the boundary
lines of every way publicly maintained when any part thereof is open to the use of
the public for purposes of vehicular travel.
No person shall, as a result of a single course of conduct, be tried for or convicted of
a violation of this section and a violation of KRS 222.202 or 525.100. The attorney
for the Commonwealth shall elect under which statute to proceed. A conviction,
decision not to prosecute, or dismissal of charges under any of these statutes shall
operate as a bar to prosecution under any other of these statutes for offenses arising
out of the same course of conduct.
Effective: October 1, 2000
History: Amended 2000 Ky. Acts ch. 467, sec. 18, effective October 1, 2000. -Amended 1984 Ky. Acts ch. 165, sec. 19, effective July 13, 1984. -- Recodified 1942
Ky. Acts ch. 208, sec. 1, effective October 1, 1942, from Ky. Stat. sec. 1376r-2.
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