[HISTORY: Adopted by the Town Board of the Town of Williamson 8-9-1983 by L.L. No. 2-1983. Amendments noted where applicable.]
It is the purpose of this chapter to protect the public interest, welfare, health and safety within the Town of Williamson, by prohibiting the consumption of alcoholic beverages in public places within the town. The Town Board finds that possession of an open container of alcoholic beverage in a public place within the town has led to consumption of the same, resulting in public intoxication, disorderly conduct, disturbance of the public peace, littering of the public places and destruction of property. The Town Board finds further that preservation of the public weal and prevention of conditions which lead to conduct disturbing the public peace attributable to consumption of alcoholic beverages can be accomplished by the prohibition of consumption of alcoholic beverages in public places and by restricting the possession of an open or unsealed container of alcoholic beverages under circumstances which indicate that the possessor of such open or unsealed container in a public place intends to consume the same or intends to have it consumed by another person.
For the purpose of this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings herein ascribed to them; all other words shall have the meanings normally ascribed to them.
- ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGE
- Includes alcohol, spirits, liquor, wine, beer, cider and every liquid or solid, patented or not, containing alcohol, spirits, wine or beer and capable of being consumed by a human being.
- Any bottle, can or receptacle suitable for or used to hold any liquid.
- Areas owned, operated and/or controlled by the Town of Williamson and designated by said town as having been inhabitants of the community.
- PUBLIC PLACE
- Any place to which the public or a substantial group of persons has access and includes, but is not limited to, highways, streets, transportation facilities, cemeteries, public beaches, parks, playgrounds and other lands owned, operated or controlled by the Town of Williamson, schools, places of amusement, shopping centers and hallways, lobbies and other portions of apartment houses and hotels not constituting rooms or apartments designated for actual residence.
- The Town of Williamson.
[Amended 9-11-2012 by L.L. No. 1-2012]
It shall be a violation of this chapter for any person to:
Consume any alcoholic beverage in any public place within the Town, except in Town parks as expressly permitted in the Town of Williamson Parks Law, § 32-32.
Have in his possession an open or unsealed container of an alcoholic beverage while in any public place for the purpose of consuming such alcoholic beverage by himself or by another in any public place, except as permitted in the Town of Williamson Parks Law, § 32-32.
Discard alcoholic or other beverage containers upon or from any public sidewalk, street, lane, highway, parking lot, park or recreation area or other public property within the Town of Williamson, except in the manner and place expressly designated for discarding trash.
This chapter shall not apply to any person consuming alcoholic beverages in certain motor vehicles in violation of § 1227 of the Vehicle and Traffic Law of the State of New York as that section will cover such situations.