Rules of the Road

Rules of the Road: Is a beer growler an open container?

Jim Parker serves up the first growler of the day on the first full day of operations at Kulshan Brewing Co. on April 3, 2012 in Bellingham. Growlers are considered open containers, so they should be transported in the trunk.
Jim Parker serves up the first growler of the day on the first full day of operations at Kulshan Brewing Co. on April 3, 2012 in Bellingham. Growlers are considered open containers, so they should be transported in the trunk. The Bellingham Herald

Question: With all the breweries in Bellingham and more on the way growlers are becoming more common. As far as the law is concerned how should a growler be transported in your car? Are they considered open containers?

Answer: Yes, a “growler” is an open container. There is no way to seal the lid, so it must be treated the same as any other open container. The proper way to transport is preferably in the trunk of your vehicle. The next place would be as far away from the driver’s area as is possible (the rear section of a hatchback or similar area) to keep it away from the driver’s compartment.

Rules of the Road is a regular column with questions and answers on road laws, safe driving habits and general police practices. Answers come from David Wright, a retired officer from the Bellingham Police Department. For previous Rules of the Road columns or to ask a question, go to bellinghamherald.com/news/traffic/rules-of-the-road/.

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