||Columbus tables open container law
COLUMBUS, Miss. — Columbus police want another tool to stop drinking and driving.
Police Chief Tony Carleton asked the City Council tonight to expand the city's open container law to apply to the passenger compartment of cars.
Mississippi is one of the few states that doesn't have a vehicle open container law.
The proposed ordinance would apply to even mixed drinks in a plain cup.
Carleton says the law will improve safety on streets and potentially cut down on people "cruising" neighborhoods in their cars at nights.
The Council split 3-3 on a motion to table the law for more study and Mayor Robert Smith broke the tie in favor of the delay.