Connecticut Transportation Department Tries Again For Open Container, Rear Seat Belt Law

The Department of Transportation is again proposing legislation to make it illegal for passengers to have open containers of alcohol in a vehicle.

The department has proposed similar legislation for the past 17 years, but every year it dies on the House calendar, according to a DOT policy memo.

In order to meet federal standards states have been required to enact a law making it illegal for the driver or passenger to possess or consume from any open alcoholic beverage container in the passenger area of a motor vehicle.