My Upcoming Road Trip

Posted by on Feb 23, 2018 in Open Container Laws | 0 comments

I am planning a road trip with some friends, and I am so excited! It’s going to be a bachelor’s party trip before my buddy gets married, and our mission is to have as much fun as we safely can. We’re going to leave from Texas and drive through the coastal states heading east, all the way to Georgia. From there, we’re going to take I-95 northbound and end up at the groom’s beach house in South Carolina. I’ve never been to Myrtle Beach before, but I hear it’s one of the best beaches on the East Coast. It should be a great time! Luckily, everyone who is going has known each other for a long time, and most of us were roommates at some point in college. We’ve got all the stops planned out, and I’ve already made a bunch of playlists with my favorite tunes.

Texas is such a large state; it’s going to take us nearly four hours to reach the Louisiana border. Once we get into Louisiana, we’re planning on driving to New Orleans and staying there for the night. I’ve been to The Big Easy once before, so I don’t think I’ll be doing anything too crazy. Besides, we’ll have to wake up and keep driving the next morning if we’re going to make it to the beach house in time.

After we leave New Orleans, we’re going to drive seven more hours to Atlanta. If we stop in Mississippi or Alabama, it’s only going to be for a bathroom break. There isn’t much that we want to see in those states, but it is interesting that Mississippi doesn’t have any open container laws. It’s even legal to drink and drive in the state, as long as your blood alcohol content is below 0.08 percent. Unfortunately for them, it comes at a price. My understanding is that the federal government withholds federal funding for highways in Mississippi because they refuse to ban drinking and driving. Good thing we only have to drive through the southern tip of the state. We shouldn’t be on those roads for longer than an hour and thirty minutes.

I’ve heard good things about Atlanta, and I can’t wait to spend a night out on the town. I looked up their drinking laws, and they are less strict than Texas, but not nearly as laid back as New Orleans or Mississippi. For instance, you can buy liquor on Sundays, but you can’t walk down the streets with an open beverage. That’s okay with me! After driving all day, I’m planning on taking a rideshare service to my destination and walking around.

It’s a little less than six hours from Atlanta to Myrtle Beach, and then I’ll finally get to relax. I found a helpful site for open container laws in South Carolina, and I’m confident we won’t have any problems with the law. It’s going to be a trip to remember. I just hope no one gets sick, and we don’t have any issues with the car.

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