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Most of us know that it is illegal for a driver to drink alcohol while driving a car. But, is it okay for a passenger to drink while riding in a vehicle? Not while the vehicle is on a public highway.

It is against the law for the driver or a passenger of a vehicle to consume an alcoholic beverage or have possession of an open alcoholic beverage container in the passenger area of a motor vehicle while that vehicle is located on a public highway, regardless of whether it is moving or at rest.

This law does not apply to a bus, taxicab, limousine, motor coach, house trailer, motor home, or camper. So, it is legal for a passenger to drink in a party bus or limo.

The penalty is a fine of $50 to $100.