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Thread: Recycling aluminum beer cans vs "open container" laws?

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    Recycling aluminum beer cans vs "open container" laws?

    Talking about the open alcoholic container laws when it comes to aluminum beer cans. Luckily there are no "open container" laws in my state, but before I found out about it I was always afraid of getting in trouble for the crushed cans I run across & throw in a small container I keep in my vehicle by some cop looking to make his unofficial ticket quota for the month. I always have a few found aluminum cans in my vehicle at any given time.

    DO you ever worry about it?


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    Quote Originally Posted by dirtymoney View Post
    Talking about the open alcoholic container laws when it comes to aluminum beer cans. Luckily there are no "open container" laws in my state, but before I found out about it I was always afraid of getting in trouble for the crushed cans I run across & throw in a small container I keep in my vehicle by some cop looking to make his unofficial ticket quota for the month. I always have a few found aluminum cans in my vehicle at any given time.

    DO you ever worry about it?
    Only if they're half full and warm, the long haul truckers pee in them before tossing.

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    never carry one in the cab

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    I gotta say that laws a really sucky law.
    We don't have anything like it here except for 'no alcohol' laws that are council area bylaws, not Goverment laws.

    They exclude alcohol in these areas, normally city centres. So people have to get into a bar, then buy alcohol & drink it,no alcohol ends up on the street.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dirtymoney View Post
    Talking about the open alcoholic container laws when it comes to aluminum beer cans. Luckily there are no "open container" laws in my state, but before I found out about it I was always afraid of getting in trouble for the crushed cans I run across & throw in a small container I keep in my vehicle by some cop looking to make his unofficial ticket quota for the month. I always have a few found aluminum cans in my vehicle at any given time.

    DO you ever worry about it?
    If they're empty and you haven't been drinking, you should be fine. It would take one huge a-hole of a cop to try to ticket you for that.
    All you'd really need to do is show up at court on the date on the ticket and tell the judge that you spend a lot of time scrapping.
    As long as you don't have any alcohol in your system, you should be fine.

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    Any police officer with half a brain will know when someone has been drinking to the point they shouldn't be driving. That said a simple field sobriety test will clear up any questions.
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    Quote Originally Posted by gustavus View Post
    Only if they're half full and warm, the long haul truckers pee in them before tossing.
    Trucker bombs. They usually are in the form of milk jugs or gateraid bottles. And I know a guy who always has cans in the pickup bed beer pop ect... He's never had a problem and he's done that since I've know him over 12 years.

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    i looked into that here

    I looked into that law im in north carolina and i found out that if the can is not in the cab with u like in the trunk they cannot get u for an open container it has to be out reach of u

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    In liberal taxachusetts there's all kind of crazy laws for open containers etc especially even harsher if your under 21

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    When I was 18 i worked in an auto repair shop and had the motor out ( swapping in a 421 Pontiac ) into my 56 chev. the boss told me to just put a RP plate on the old rusted pontiac station wagon before I pulled the motor and drive that .
    I got stopped by a cop and when he looked into the back he asked if I we were drinking , ( it was 3/4 full with empty beer and soda cans ) I replied No , He asked what We were doing with all the empty can's ?
    I told Him when it fills up , I am just going to junk it . He walked away shaking His head and Muttering to Himself ??
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    He was my driving instructor in High school , but He asked Me Not To tell Anyone . LOL
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    Most police officers exercise good judgment and common sense, especially if there are multiple cans ("Yes, officer, I drank over 300 beers for lunch..."). But in the interest of removing any possible suspicion, either bag 'em up or put 'em in the trunk.

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    I know a girl who did get charged for open container for having beer cans in the back of her truck. She hadn't been drinking, they were her dad's and she was going to recycle them. This was in California.

    Of course, she probably wouldn't have been arrested in the first place if she hadn't had a road rage incident and intentionally plowed into the back of another vehicle. Those anger management classes apparently hadn't helped much lol.
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    Nope they dont(anger management)....i take my cans in on one run..all in the trunk n backseat of my car. While im pickin they go in the trunk..like stated above, if I was able to drink 300 beerz do u think i would be driving..easy to get away w having bags..takr pics if necessary..time to get the empties from the backseat..lol.jk

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    Dont know if this was inappropriate for the forums. But i had to post it lol
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    Quote Originally Posted by DropYoTop View Post
    Dont know if this was inappropriate for the forums. But i had to post it lol

    Hehehehe Classic!!!!

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    It may stress the bounds of credulity, but not all states have open container regulations. Almost all do, but a few don't, though that hardly would excuse any idiotic or hazardous conduct on anyone's part.

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    Here in the Province of Ontario, beer cans are worth ten cents each, when you take them back to the Beer Store, so nobody throws them away.

    After a week end party, the empty can refund money may be enough to get you a free 24.

    Jim in Toronto.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jimintoronto View Post
    Here in the Province of Ontario, beer cans are worth ten cents each, when you take them back to the Beer Store, so nobody throws them away.

    After a week end party, the empty can refund money may be enough to get you a free 24.

    Jim in Toronto.
    Not quite exactly free. You paid that 10c a can when you bought the beer before the party.

    But I get your meaning.

    And I agree with a previous poster, who said it would take a pretty jerkly cop to cite someone for empty beercans that they were obviously recycling.
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    I do not worry about it, when I find one I either throw it into the bed of my pickup, or if I am in my car when I pick it up it goes into a medium size plastic bucket in my trunk. None are in the cab of either vehicle. Do not have to worry about the law and keeps the vehicle cleaner.

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    Here in Kansas the open container law states that an open container should not be in reach of the driver, which leaves room for interpretation but in the trunk or back of a pickup bed is completely legal
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