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Open Container Laws for Automobiles

The Transportation Equity Act for the 21st Century Restoration Act of 1998 requires states to implement open container laws to reduce the rate of drunk driving. The Act requires inclusion of six provisions to receive full federal monies for highway construction. Despite this, there are still 11 states that do not have all six provisions in place as of January 2015. While there is not extensive research showing effectiveness of these laws, there is effectiveness shown when implemented as a part of a larger enforcement effort.