Montana Code Annotated 2013

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     61-8-460. Unlawful possession of open alcoholic beverage container in motor vehicle on highway. (1) Except as provided in subsection (2), a person commits the offense of unlawful possession of an open alcoholic beverage container in a motor vehicle if the person knowingly possesses an open alcoholic beverage container within the passenger area of a motor vehicle on a highway.
     (2) This section does not apply to an open alcoholic beverage container:
     (a) in a locked glove compartment or storage compartment;
     (b) in a motor vehicle trunk or luggage compartment or in a truck bed or cargo compartment;
     (c) behind the last upright seat of a motor vehicle that is not equipped with a trunk;
     (d) in a closed container in the area of a motor vehicle that is not equipped with a trunk and that is not normally occupied by the driver or a passenger; or
     (e) in the immediate possession of a passenger:
     (i) of a motor vehicle, including a bus, taxi, or limousine, that is used for the transportation of persons for compensation and that includes the provision of a hired driver; or
     (ii) in the living quarters of a camper, travel trailer, or motor home.
     (3) (a) A person convicted of the offense of unlawful possession of an open alcoholic beverage container in a motor vehicle shall be fined an amount not to exceed $100.
     (b) A violation of this section is not a criminal offense within the meaning of 3-1-317, 3-1-318, 45-2-101, 46-18-236, 61-8-104, and 61-8-711 and may not be recorded or charged against a driver's record, and an insurance company may not hold a violation of this section against the insured or increase premiums because of the violation. The surcharges provided for in 3-1-317, 3-1-318, and 46-18-236 may not be imposed for a violation of this section.

     History: En. Sec. 1, Ch. 348, L. 2005.

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