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§ 3809. Restriction on alcoholic beverages

Purdon's Pennsylvania Statutes and Consolidated StatutesTitle 75 Pa.C.S.A. VehiclesEffective: February 1, 2004

Purdon's Pennsylvania Statutes and Consolidated Statutes
Title 75 Pa.C.S.A. Vehicles (Refs & Annos)
Part III. Operation of Vehicles
Chapter 38. Driving After Imbibing Alcohol or Utilizing Drugs (Refs & Annos)
Effective: February 1, 2004
75 Pa.C.S.A. § 3809
§ 3809. Restriction on alcoholic beverages
(a) General rule.--Except as set forth in subsection (b), an individual who is an operator or an occupant in a motor vehicle may not be in possession of an open alcoholic beverage container or consume a controlled substance as defined in the act of April 14, 1972 (P.L.233, No.64),1 known as The Controlled Substance, Drug, Device and Cosmetic Act, or an alcoholic beverage in a motor vehicle while the motor vehicle is located on a highway in this Commonwealth.
(b) Exception.--This section does not prohibit possession or consumption by any of the following:
(1) A passenger in the passenger area of a motor vehicle designed, maintained or used primarily for the lawful transportation of persons for compensation. This paragraph includes buses, taxis and limousines.
(2) An individual in the living quarters of a house coach or house trailer.
(c) Penalty.--An individual who violates this section commits a summary offense.


2003, Sept. 30, P.L. 120, No. 24, § 16, effective Feb. 1, 2004.


35 P.S. § 780-101 et seq.
75 Pa.C.S.A. § 3809, PA ST 75 Pa.C.S.A. § 3809
Current through the end of the 2023 Regular Session. Some statute sections may be more current, see credits for details.
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