Montana Politician Wants to Resurrect the 'Road Beer'

Proposed open-container law wouldn't apply to drivers, bill's sponsor insists
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 19, 2017 10:10 AM CST
Montana Politician Wants to Resurrect the 'Road Beer'
Not everyone is happy with the proposed legislation.   (Getty Images/mandygodbehear)

Can't wait till you get home to crack open a cold one? A Montana lawmaker is working on legislation that may soon allow you to indulge your boozin'-while-cruisin' desires on that state's major thoroughfares. House Bill 206, sponsored by Republican state Rep. Daniel Zolnikov, would allow passengers—not drivers—to have an open container of alcohol in a motor vehicle on the highway, lifting an existing ban on the practice, NBC Montana reports.

Although some are worried this "road beers" move could spur the driver to drink, too, Zolnikov dismisses those concerns, noting "that's like saying [designated drivers] shouldn't go to bars in case they're tempted to have a drink." He adds to KGVO that "most Montanans" are already flouting the open-container law anyway and that it's time to stop "treating adults like children." (Read more Montana stories.)

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