It is unlawful for any person to possess an open container of an alcoholic beverage while operating a vehicle or while a passenger in or on a vehicle being operated. Any operator of a vehicle who violates this law is guilty of a noncriminal moving traffic violation and will be fined. A passenger of a vehicle who violates this law is also guilty of a noncriminal nonmoving traffic violation and will also be fined (ยง 316.1936, Fla. Stat.).

In 2009, there were 20,085 alcohol related traffic accidents in Florida resulting in 1,004 deaths and 14,310 injuries. To steer clear of many problems associated with alcohol, always use a designated driver or a ride sharing program. This may not only protect your license, but also your life.