[HISTORY: Adopted by the Town Board of the Town of Chester as indicated in article histories. Amendments noted where applicable.]
[Adopted 7-1-1980 by L.L. No. 3-1980]
The Town Board of the Town of Chester finds that the transporting of alcoholic beverages in open containers on any public highway, in public parking lots or lands owned by the Town of Chester, except under certain conditions set forth in this article, is detrimental to the health, safety and welfare of the citizens of the Town of Chester, causes unsightly and unsanitary conditions and creates a nuisance.
No person shall have, possess, carry or transport liquor, wine, beer or other alcoholic beverages in open containers while such person is on any public highway, in any public parking lot or on any lands owned by the Town of Chester, or in any vehicle on any public highway, in any public parking lot or on any lands owned by the Town of Chester. As used in this article, a "public parking lot" is a parking area for one or more vehicles designed to be used by patrons of any commercial, industrial, professional or eleemosynary place of business, including but not limited to such enterprises as may be duly licensed for the sale and consumption of alcoholic beverages on the premises.
An open container in any vehicle in violation of this article shall be presumptive evidence that the open container is in the possession of all the occupants of the vehicle.
This article shall not apply to any fair, picnic or other community gathering for which special permission has been granted by the Park and Recreation Commission of the Town of Chester and Village of Chester. Application for the special permission shall be made in writing and signed by the parties seeking the same, which writing shall be submitted to the Commission not less than five days prior to the date for which the special permission is sought. The Commission shall grant said special permission, provided that it determines that it is in the best interests of the citizens of the Town of Chester to do so and further provided that it determines that the sponsors of the fair, picnic or other community gathering have taken reasonable steps to protect the health, safety and welfare of the citizens of the Town of Chester and to prevent unsightly and unsanitary conditions and the creation of a nuisance.
A violation of this article shall constitute an offense punishable by a fine not exceeding $50 for each violation.