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Sat July 12, 2008
Open Container Law Change Has Led To Citations
Laramie, Wy – It's been one year since law enforcement agencies in Wyoming have been able to ticket drivers for having an open container of alcohol in their vehicles on any Wyoming road. From July 2007 through March 2008, the Wyoming Highway Patrol has issued about 340 citations for open containers. Sergeant Stephen Townsend of the Patrol says most of those tickets were issued after motorists were stopped for something else.
We stop them for, say, speeding, and when a trooper comes up to the car he sees either the driver or passenger with an open container and he cites them from there.
Drivers had not been allowed to have open containers in Wyoming municipalities for many years, although they were allowed on highways. Changing the law faced opposition for years at the capitol before lawmakers approved it in 2007. Townsend says some people still claim ignorance of the law, but he says word is starting to spread that it is illegal for anyone to have open containers in a vehicle.