When your teen passes their long-awaited drivers' test, you likely worry about everything that can go wrong. Like many parents, you might even lose sleep over their safety. Do they know how to change a flat tire? Will someone crash into them? Once they're out on the road, you probably feel like you can't protect them anymore.
Everyone knows that drinking and driving is illegal, but what if you're not the one driving? In most states, including New Jersey, open container laws extend to passengers in most types of vehicles. That means that even if you're just a passenger, you still can't drink alcohol or have an open container in the passenger area. If caught, you could face fines of $200 or 10 days of community service.