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Open intoxicants in vehicles, legal or not?

With major events and gatherings happening this summer, local law enforcement reminds people to follow the open intoxicant laws when traveling.  Door County Deputy Sheriff Pat McCarty emphasizes that no alcohol is allowed in the driver’s compartment of any vehicle.  He says there are exceptions to having open containers in larger motorhomes or chartered buses.



According to the Wisconsin Department of Transportation, open container laws apply to all motor vehicles except motor buses which are vehicles designed to transport people and have a passenger capacity of 16 or more person and chauffeur-driven limousines.  RVs, Limos, and buses must have a hired or designated chauffeur responsible for driving   Fines for open intoxicants can amount to $212 for the driver and $150.50 for a passenger.  For smaller groups traveling, McCarty encourages people to have a designated driver or utilize driving services to get home safely if they have been drinking. 

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