Is it illegal to drive with open empty bottles of beer in your car?

Two nights ago I was on my way home from a night out with a few friends. I had drank a few that night but earlier in the day a few people were drinking in my back seat at half time of a game we were at. I didn't empty the beers out of my car and at 3 in the morning I got pulled over on my way home as the cop... show more Two nights ago I was on my way home from a night out with a few friends. I had drank a few that night but earlier in the day a few people were drinking in my back seat at half time of a game we were at. I didn't empty the beers out of my car and at 3 in the morning I got pulled over on my way home as the cop said I "swerved." He gave me a sobriety test and he said I passed and was fine to drive home but he gave me a $270 ticket for having open containers in my back seat. If I passed a sobriety test meaning I wasn't drunk doesn't that mean that the empty bottles in my back seat were basically just trash? Could I argue this in court to have this fee waived?
Update: Everyone says that I am wrong, but what law have a broken according to this website. http://www.nolo.com/legal-encyclopedia/free-books/beat-ticket-book/chapter7-10.html it says "partially removed" they contents were completely removed. Also back seat on the floor is completely out of my reach. Each... show more Everyone says that I am wrong, but what law have a broken according to this website. http://www.nolo.com/legal-encyclopedia/free-books/beat-ticket-book/chapter7-10.html it says "partially removed" they contents were completely removed. Also back seat on the floor is completely out of my reach. Each container held zero alcohol. I know it sounds stupid but which law did I break?
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