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Ask a Trooper: You can have an open bottle of alcohol on a frozen lake

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Ask a Trooper: You can have an open bottle of alcohol on a frozen lake

June 9, 2014 Updated Jun 9, 2014 at 12:21 PM CDT

Question: Winter is over (thankfully), but can a person have an open bottle of alcohol in a vehicle on a frozen lake or river?

Answer by Sgt. Curt S. Mowers, Minnesota State Patrol: According to Minnesota State Statute 169A.35 Subdivision. 2. Drinking and consumption; crime described. “It is a crime for a person to drink or consume an alcoholic beverage, distilled spirit, or 3.2 percent malt liquor in a motor vehicle when the vehicle is upon a street or highway.” So as I read it, yes you can. As we always say, if you plan on drinking, be responsible - plan ahead for a sober ride.

Question: I have a one ton pickup that I use on my farm. I was thinking of hooking up my fifth-wheel camper and head out to Arizona but a friend told me I would get a ticket for pulling my camper with a pickup that had farm plates on it. Is that correct?

Answer by Sgt. Curt S. Mowers, Minnesota State Patrol: Yes, that is correct. That would be a violation and you would receive a ticket for that. Being that it is an illegal use of farm plates/registration, you could also be subject to having the vehicle towed and put in impound until you put the proper registration on it.

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