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Getting Drunk on a Train

August 14, 2013 Criminal Law and Procedure

Today is the 100th anniversary of the Drunkenness on Trains or Interurban Cars law.

This law makes it illegal to be on a train while “in an offensive state of intoxication.” A conductor can arrest a drunk passenger and deliver him or her to a police officer at the nearest station.

Although passengers may not bring their own booze on a train they can purchase it on board. The conductor may take any alcohol brought on the train. The conductor must, however, provide a receipt and the passenger can reclaim the alcohol within ten days.

A violation of this law is a misdemeanor, punishable by up to 90 days in jail, a fine of $100, or both.

Needless to say I do not believe this law is used often or at all anymore.

Read: Information On Criminal Charges in Michigan

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