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§18B‑401.  Manner of transportation.

(a)        Opened Containers.– It shall be unlawful for a person to transport fortified wine or spirituousliquor in the passenger area of a motor vehicle in other than themanufacturer's unopened original container.  It shall be unlawful for a personwho is driving a motor vehicle on a highway or public vehicular area to consumein the passenger area of that vehicle any malt beverage or unfortified wine. Violation of this subsection shall constitute a Class 3 misdemeanor.

(b)        Taxis. – It shallbe unlawful for a person operating a for‑hire passenger vehicle asdefined in G.S. 20‑4.01(27)b, to transport fortified wine or spirituousliquor unless the vehicle is transporting a paying passenger who owns thealcoholic beverage being transported.  Not more than eight liters of fortifiedwine or spirituous liquor, or combination of the two, may be transported byeach passenger.  A violation of this subsection shall not be grounds forsuspension of the driver's license for illegal transportation of intoxicatingliquors under G.S. 20‑16(a)(8).

(c)        Definitions. – Thedefinitions in Chapter 20 of the General Statutes apply in interpreting thissection.  If the seal on a container of alcoholic beverages has been broken, itis opened within the meaning of this section.  For purposes of this section,"passenger area of a motor vehicle" means the area designed to seatthe driver and passengers and any area within the reach of a seated driver orpassenger, including the glove compartment.  In the case of a station wagon,hatchback or similar vehicle, the area behind the last upright back seat shallnot be considered part of the passenger area. (1923, c. 1, s. 25; C.S., s.3411(y); 1937, c. 49, ss. 14, 16; c. 411; 1967, c. 222, ss. 1, 7; c. 1256, s.3; 1969, c. 598, ss. 2, 3; c. 1018; 1971, c. 872, s. 1; 1977, c. 176, s. 1; c.586; 1979, c. 607, s. 1; 1981, c. 412, s. 2; c. 747, s. 45; 1983, c. 435, s. 7;1989, c. 553, s. 3; 1993, c. 508, s. 4, c. 539, s. 312; 1994, Ex. Sess., c. 24,s. 14(c).)