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    From MN I heard from my local news that having an open container when driving in my state Is legal so long as your not drunk or over the limit.Is this true?

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    re: Open container in Minnesota

    Originally posted by wan View Post
    From MN I heard from my local news that having an open container when driving in my state Is legal so long as your not drunk or over the limit.Is this true?
    Absolutely NOT true. Mere possession of an alcoholic beverage in the vehicle is against the law. Driving while possessing it simply worsens the situation.

    Here is a link to the current law on the subject matter: https://www.revisor.mn.gov/statutes/?id=169A.35

    If you insist that there is some new law that allows it, please provide a reference to it.
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      Re: Open container in Minnesota

      Originally posted by wan View Post
      From MN I heard from my local news that having an open container when driving in my state Is legal so long as your not drunk or over the limit.Is this true?
      Sounds like you heard it on the internet.
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        Re: Open container in Minnesota

        Originally posted by Disagreeable View Post
        Sounds like you heard it on the internet.
        And you know that they can't put anything on the internet that isn't true...
        "If it ain't in writing, it never happened."
        "A lack of planning on your part does not constitute an emergency on my part."
        "You can never make the same mistake twice, because the second time you make it, it's not a mistake, but a CHOICE."

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          Re: Open container in Minnesota

          Almost all states forbid driving with an “open container” of an alcoholic beverage in your vehicle. No person shall have in his or her possession, while driving a motor vehicle upon a highway, any bottle, can, or other receptacle containing any alcoholic beverage that has been opened, or a seal broken, or the contents of which have been partially removed. As per the law of Minnesota, It is illegal to drive, operate, or be in physical control of a motor vehicle while under the influenceof alcohol and/or a controlled or hazardous substance, or with a “blood-alcohol concentration” of 0.08 or more. Motor vehicles include cars, boats, snowmobiles, ATVs, planes, etc. “Operate” or “in physical control” includes starting the motor, steering, or being in position to control a vehicle, including simply sitting or sleeping in a parked vehicle.

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