The Columbia, MO open container law can be confusing for students who attend school in Columbia because many people hear something about how Missouri has no open container law. In addition open container laws can vary from state to state, county to country and city to city.
So, here's some background on the open container laws that affect you if you're attending a Columbia, MO school.
For the entire state of Missouri, drivers are never allowed to have an open container of alcohol in their possession. This one of the few open container laws that is consistent in all of Missouri. So, if you're alone in the car and there's an open beer, you're going to find trouble with the law. The best policy is to never have any open alcoholic beverages in your car.
While Missouri has no statewide law regulating passengers (non-drivers) in a vehicle, Columbia, MO does have an open container law for passengers. It says passengers cannot have open containers.
When traveling, like taking that road trip to St. Louis, or visiting Lade of the Ozarks, keep in mind that there are other cities in Missouri that have also passed some version of open container law that affects passengers. As you drive, the laws affecting you may be changing city by city. See the end of this article to find a list of Missouri cities with open container laws affecting passengers.
Passengers can be risks to you. When you take passengers into your car, your legal risk rises. Imagine giving somebody's friend a lift from your apartment to downtown. The buddy brings his beer with him. Let's say you get pulled over for drifting through poorly lit stop sign. Do you imagine the passenger will tell the police officer that the beer is his? What if the passenger is on probation? Would you know that? Do you still think the passenger would claim the beer was his? This is just one typical situation where keeping open alcohol out of your car is just a good all around policy to protect yourself from legal trouble.
Many students find that once they establish a policy of no open containers in their vehicle, they just don't get asked for rides from people that might not like their policy.
Here's that list of cities have open container laws for passengers. Note that this list is not meant to be relied upon for any reason, and that laws can change at any time.
- Bates City
- Bellefontaine Neighbors
- Clarkson Valley
- Crystal City
- Lake Lotawanna
- New Franklin
- Osage Beach
- St. Charles
- St. John
- Warson Woods
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