March 29, 2005
HOUSE BILL No. 1057
DIGEST OF HB 1057
(Updated March 28, 2005 2:41 pm - DI 75)
Citations Affected: IC 9-30.
Synopsis: Open alcoholic beverage containers. Creates exceptions to
the law concerning open alcoholic beverage containers in motor
vehicles. Removes the requirement that, in proving a violation of the
law, the state must show that the driver of the motor vehicle had a
minimum level of alcohol in the driver's blood or breath. Specifies that
a violation of the law occurs while the motor vehicle is on the
right-of-way of a public highway even if the vehicle is not in operation.
Effective: July 1, 2005.
(SENATE SPONSORS _ WYSS, ROGERS)
January 4, 2005, read first time and referred to Committee on Roads and Transportation.
January 24, 2005, amended, reported _ Do Pass.
January 27, 2005, read second time, ordered engrossed. Engrossed.
January 31, 2005, read third time, passed. Yeas 72, nays 26.
February 14, 2005, read first time and referred to Committee on Homeland Security,
Utilities, and Public Policy.
March 24, 2005, amended, reported favorably _ Do Pass.
March 28, 2005, read second time, amended, ordered engrossed.
March 29, 2005
First Regular Session 114th General Assembly (2005)
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HOUSE BILL No. 1057
A BILL FOR AN ACT to amend the Indiana Code concerning
Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Indiana:
SOURCE: IC 9-30-15-3; (05)EH1057.2.1. -->
SECTION 1. IC 9-30-15-3 IS AMENDED TO READ AS
FOLLOWS [EFFECTIVE JULY 1, 2005]: Sec. 3. (a) This section
does not apply to the following:
(1) A container possessed by a person who is a passenger.
(2) A container located in a fixed center console or other
similar fixed compartment that is locked.
(3) A container located:
(A) behind the last upright seat; or
(B) in an area not normally occupied by a person;
in a motor vehicle that is not equipped with a trunk.
(b) For purposes of this section, a person is a "passenger" if the
(1) is not the driver of a motor vehicle; and
(2) is either:
(A) in the passenger compartment of a motor vehicle
designed, maintained, or used primarily for the
transportation of persons for compensation; or
(B) in the living quarters of a house coach or house trailer.
of a motor vehicle
who has an alcohol
concentration equivalent to at least four-hundredths (0.04) gram of
alcohol per one hundred (100) milliliters of the blood, or per two
hundred ten (210) liters of the breath, and
who, while the motor vehicle
is in operation
knowingly or while the motor vehicle is located on the
right-of-way of a public highway,
allows a container:
(1) that has been opened;
(2) that has a broken seal; or
(3) from which some of the contents have been removed;
to be in the passenger compartment of the motor vehicle commits a
Class B infraction.
If a person is found to have a previous unrelated judgment under
this section or a previous unrelated conviction or judgment under
IC 9-30-5 within twelve (12) months before a violation that results in
a judgment under this chapter, the court may recommend the person's
driving privileges be suspended for not more than one (1) year.