Maryland Code, Transportation § 21-903

(a)(1) In this section the following words have the meanings indicated.

(2) “Alcoholic beverage” means a spirituous, vinous, malt, or fermented liquor, liquid, or compound that contains at least 0.5% alcohol by volume and is fit for beverage purposes.

(3)(i) “Passenger area” means an area that:

1. Is designed to seat the driver and any passenger of a motor vehicle while the motor vehicle is in operation;  or

2. Is readily accessible to the driver or a passenger of a motor vehicle while in their seating positions.

(ii) “Passenger area” does not include:

1. A locked glove compartment;

2. The trunk of a motor vehicle;  or

3. If a motor vehicle is not equipped with a trunk, the area behind the rearmost upright seat or an area that is not normally occupied by the driver or a passenger of the motor vehicle.

(b) This section applies to a motor vehicle that is driven, stopped, standing, or otherwise located on a highway.

(c) A driver of a motor vehicle may not consume an alcoholic beverage in a passenger area of a motor vehicle on a highway.

(d) Notwithstanding § 6-320 , § 6-321 , or § 6-322 of the Alcoholic Beverages Article, or any other provision of law, the prohibition contained in this section applies throughout the State.


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