New York Vehicle & Traffic Law
Sec. § 1227
Consumption or Possession of Alcoholic Beverages in Certain Motor Vehicles


1227. Consumption or possession of alcoholic beverages in certain motor vehicles.

1.

The drinking of alcoholic beverages, or the possession of an open container containing an alcoholic beverage, in a motor vehicle located upon the public highways or right-of-way public highway is prohibited. Any operator or passenger violating this section shall be guilty of a traffic infraction. The provisions of this section shall not be deemed to prohibit the drinking of alcoholic beverages or the possession of an open container containing an alcoholic beverage by passengers in passenger vehicles operated pursuant to a certificate or permit issued by the department of transportation or the United States department of transportation. Furthermore, the provisions of this section shall not be deemed to prohibit the possession of wine which is:

(a)

resealed in accordance with the provisions of subdivision four of section eighty-one of the alcoholic beverage control law; and

(b)

is transported in the vehicles trunk or is transported behind the last upright seat or in an area not normally occupied by the driver or passenger in a motor vehicle that is not equipped with a trunk.

2.

For the purposes of this section, a passenger vehicle shall mean a vehicle designed to carry ten or more passengers and used to carry passengers for profit or hire.
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