A recent independent study stated that eating while driving is one of the worst forms of distracted driving. Out of approximately 1,000 drivers, more than 70 percent admitted to eating while behind the wheel and 83 percent said they were drinking beverages while they drove.
In addition, a study done by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration “concluded that those who eat and drive increase the odds of an accident by 80 percent.” It went on to say, “65 percent of near miss accidents are caused by distracted drivers fussing with food and drinks.”
The NHTSA went on to list dangerous foods to eat while driving, which included: chocolate, soft drinks, donuts, fried chicken, barbecued foods, hamburgers, chili, tacos, hot soups, and coffee.
Just because most automobiles come equipped with cup holders, doesn’t mean you have to use them while driving. Just because you’re in a hurry, doesn’t mean you have to do two things at once, like eating and driving.
Fast foods are sloppy, messy and usually hot. They can cause you to lose control while driving. Why not leave the fast foods to another time – when you’re not driving – when you get home. I guarantee it will be safer for you and those around you.
If you are a driver who holds a hamburger in one hand and a Coke in the other, why not think twice about doing it again? In case you aren’t aware, the state of California has adopted the ‘No eating and drinking while driving’ law. If a police officer catches you eating and/or drinking while driving, they will pull you over and issue a citation. The first violation will cost you $90, the second $240 and the third is a definite suspension of your license for 30 days.
If you have been in an accident caused by the negligence of a distracted driver, contact the law offices of Welebir | Tierney for the help you need. We believe that our clients should focus on getting better without having to stress over their future well-being. We will aggressively fight for maximum recovery of damages.