Did you know that you could get a traffic ticket for eating a cheeseburger? Well, if you are in Georgia, you need to be careful if you decide to eat your drive-thru meal while driving. A law enforcement officer issued a traffic ticket to a man outside of Atlanta charging him with distracted driving for eating a McDonald’s Double Quarter Pounder while driving. Eating and driving is becoming a bigger problem throughout the United States and some law enforcement agencies are beginning to crack down on this type of distracted driving.
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Distracted Driving in California and the United States
A study found that 65% of near traffic accident misses and 80% of traffic accidents are caused by distracted drivers. A multiple vehicle accident in Sacramento, California was caused by a man eating a taco in 2012 and a bus driver in Albuquerque, New Mexico caused an accident while he was eating a burrito in 2014. Examples of distracted driving accidents like these can be found in throughout California and the United States. The CA Office of Traffic Safety reported that 61% of drivers in California admitted to having near misses while being distracted by using their cell phone and 53% of California drivers admitted they made a traffic mistake while using their cell phone.
California does not have a specific code section that prohibits eating while driving; however, some law enforcement officers state that eating and driving can fall under California Vehicle Code §23103(a). If you are guilty of reckless driving, you could face a fine of up to $1,000 and/or 90 days in a county jail. Drivers who cause an accident while eating and driving could face additional criminal charges.
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