In 1966 the Slidell City Council banned the use of, “drive-up windows and/or drive-through buildings… for any commercial establishment selling and/or dealing in alcoholic beverages.” But now after nearly 45 years, the city known for its conservative alcohol policies will consider repealing the ordinance. [caption id="attachment_1657" align="alignright" width="300"] Photo Courtesy of flickr.com[/caption] Two local Slidell businessmen approached public officials to discuss the aging policy. One owns a daiquiri shop and the other a convenience store which plans to sell other goods in addition to alcohol through the drive-through. Talks have gone well, and the businessmen have gathered considerable momentum for their idea, including support from the mayor. New Orleans and many other nearby parishes already allow the sale of alcohol from drive-through windows. A drive-through convenience store is located on Veterans and Bonnabel in Jefferson Parish, and daiquiri shops are spread throughout the city. If the old ordinance is lifted, drivers must still abide by Louisiana’s open container law which prohibits any open alcoholic beverage from being kept in the passenger area of a car. A daiquiri is considered “closed” until a straw is inserted into the cup or the lid is removed. If you or anyone you know has been charged with violating the state’s open container law, immediate legal defense is needed to preserve your rights and to maintain the ability to effectively fight your charges. Contact Bloom Legal at 599-9997 for a, no obligation consultation.