Experts say eating while driving can increase a motorist’s chances of a car accident by 80 percent. (Shocking)
Officer Juan Galvan of the Highway Patrol office says that while this behavior isn’t illegal, it is unsafe.
“Usually when people take a bite and if they spill, what’s your first reaction? Your first reaction is to let go of the steering wheel or drop whatever it is you’re doing because you want to clean up the mess you possibly caused,” Galvan said.
Law enforcement officials say much like texting and driving, eating also falls under the category of “distracted driving”.
Asked if the highway patrol has seen an increase in drivers who eat, Galvan said, “We did have Distracted Driving Awareness Month in April. Over 10,000 enforcement contacts were made and over 240 citations were issued for an unsafe speed related to distracted driving. So, quite possibly, there could have been some that were eating. We don’t have a specific violation section, but for somebody that is eating while driving, now we can go with the “unsafe speed” section. What is the safe speed for you to eat and drive? The safe speed is ‘zero.’”
Harrison said there’s more to the distracted driving debate than just taking a bite behind the wheel.
“If they make it so you can’t eat and drive, they should take away being able to put on make-up. I’m not going to be eating my hamburger if I’m trying to get across six lanes of traffic and avoid pedestrians and stuff,” he said. Distracted drivers can be cited anywhere from $100 to $500, or even more.
In our fast-paced world, we only see these incidents and accidents increasing. Please be careful out there.