Indiana House has forwarded legislation that would ban consumption and
possession of open containers of alcohol in vehicles traveling public roadways.
The bill would also free up $20 million in federal dollars for improving
Current state law allows passengers to drink in a vehicle so
long as the driver’s blood-alcohol content doesn’t exceed 0.04 percent.
lawmakers voted 72-26 Jan. 31 to eliminate the open container provision.
would be fined $25. The offense would not count against a driver’s license or
bill – HB1057 – sponsored by Rep. Cleo Duncan, R-Greensburg, now moves to the
Senate for consideration.
would be made for passengers in limousines and recreational vehicles.
is one of 14 states being forced to spend a portion of its federal highway
money on traffic safety because the state doesn’t have a ban on open containers
of alcohol in vehicles.
federal government mandated in 2001 that states pass the provision or spend a
percentage of federal highway dollars on public safety projects.
year, $15.2 million in transportation money was used for alcohol programs, The
Associated Press reported. The state has diverted $65 million from roads since
fiscal year 2001.