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Ask a trooper: Open bottles allowed when vehicles are on ice

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Question: Winter is over (thankfully), but can a person have an open bottle of alcohol in a vehicle on a frozen lake or river?

Answer: According to Minnesota State Statute 169A.35 Subdivision. 2. Drinking and consumption; crime described: “It is a crime for a person to drink or consume an alcoholic beverage, distilled spirit, or 3.2 percent malt liquor in a motor vehicle when the vehicle is upon a street or highway.”

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So as I read it, yes you can. As we always say, if you plan on drinking, be responsible – plan ahead for a sober ride.

With questions concerning traffic-related laws or issues in Minnesota, contact Trp. Jesse Grabow – Minnesota State Patrol at 1000 Highway 10 West, Detroit Lakes, MN 56501-2205. (Follow him on Twitter @MSPPIO_NW or reach him at, jesse.grabow@ state.mn.us).

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