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Eating While Driving Significantly Increases Chances Of A Car Accident, Experts Say
CBSLA.com) ^ | November 11, 2013 11:15 PM

Posted on 11/12/2013 7:48:38 AM PST by BenLurkin

LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — Experts say eating while driving can increase a motorist’s chances of a car accident by 80 percent.

Ryan Harrison, an editor in Burbank, said long hours at work means more time in his car.

“I’d rather just eat on the way home, so I’m killing two birds with one stone,” he said. “I would make scrambled eggs before I go to work and then I’d eat them on the way to work, and I’d also eat yogurt. It’s definitely convenience.”

With so little time and so much traffic, Los Angeles freeways have turned Harrison’s car into a personal dining room.

“There is so much traffic here that you have to drive so slowly and there are so many stop lights,” he said. “I need to eat while I’m driving just to save time.”

Officer Juan Galvan of the California Highway Patrol office in Glendale said that while Harrison’s 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 CHP has seen an increase in drivers who eat, Galvan said, “We did have a [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 a good majority that were eating.”

The officer added, “We don’t have a specific 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.


TOPICS: Weird Stuff
KEYWORDS: duh; riskybehavior
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woooooo........."experts"
1 posted on 11/12/2013 7:48:38 AM PST by BenLurkin
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To: BenLurkin

So do kids cause distraction.....experts - ha!


2 posted on 11/12/2013 7:49:58 AM PST by svcw (Not 'hope and change' but 'dopes in chains')
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To: BenLurkin
Duly noted. I filed it under DUH!

3 posted on 11/12/2013 7:53:04 AM PST by BitWielder1 (Corporate Profits are better than Government Waste)
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To: BenLurkin
I was on I75 going towards Dayton and a guy passed me by reading a USA Today newspaper draped over his steering wheel.

Nice demographic if you can get it.

4 posted on 11/12/2013 7:53:43 AM PST by Zuben Elgenubi
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To: BenLurkin

Experts. Sounds like the findings from a multi-million dollar, government funded study. The true “experts” are the ones who are smart enough to get grants to do studies with obvious answers.


5 posted on 11/12/2013 7:54:31 AM PST by Starboard
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To: BenLurkin

I am also an expert!

Driving cars causes accidents therefore ban cars.


6 posted on 11/12/2013 7:56:25 AM PST by mountainlion (Live well for those that did not make it back.)
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To: svcw

Yeah. I know my siblings sure did.

Of course my Dad never took his eyes off the road — he simply reached back with one hand and pinched whoever he got his hands on first. And he was a quick sob, too.


7 posted on 11/12/2013 7:56:29 AM PST by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both.)
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To: BenLurkin

Get em up against the wall.


8 posted on 11/12/2013 7:56:33 AM PST by mmichaels1970
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To: BenLurkin

I like how some people think that your car exerts some sort of privacy shield. I watched a good looking gals go one knuckle deep the other day at a stop light. She had tinted windows but didn’t think about all the back lighting from the storefront next to us.


9 posted on 11/12/2013 7:57:18 AM PST by Resolute Conservative
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To: BenLurkin
Eating While Driving Significantly Increases Chances Of A Car Accident, Experts Say

WOW how insightful. Anything that distracts you from paying full attention to your driving increases the chances of an accident DUH.

10 posted on 11/12/2013 7:59:04 AM PST by from occupied ga (Your government is your most dangerous enemy)
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To: BenLurkin

Only people who are stupid eat, comb, phone or text while driving. When I get beside them I hit the horn long and loud.


11 posted on 11/12/2013 7:59:26 AM PST by Rapscallion (The people of the lie compel you to buy Obamacare.)
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To: BenLurkin
But the KFC Go Cups fit right in the cupholder! Surely the study didn't take that into account.


12 posted on 11/12/2013 8:03:13 AM PST by Boogieman
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To: BenLurkin

Oh yeah!! These folks are “experts” on eating and driving your car. HAHAHAHHAHHHAH!!!!!!!


13 posted on 11/12/2013 8:05:09 AM PST by 4yearlurker (Some poeple say that experts agree!!)
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To: BenLurkin

Hahahahahahahahaha!

When we were kids back in the early sixties (we had six, and my dad was at sea most of the time, so you can imagine how stressed out my mom was) we would call my mom “Old Leadfoot”.

When we were acting up, she would take that 1964 Chrysler New Yorker station wagon with the 500 cubic inch engine up to about 100 mph, and we would cry “Mom! Slow down!” with tears in our eyes, and she would yell back “I’m not slowing down until you behave!”

And we would behave.

Now, she would likely be in jail for child abuse!

(She lined us all up one day, and pretended to call an orphanage to take us, because she couldn’t handle us anymore! Bawling, we cried “Mom! Please don’t send us to the orphanage!”

LOL, I admire her originality! (God rest her soul!)


14 posted on 11/12/2013 8:05:11 AM PST by rlmorel ("A nation, despicable by its weakness, forfeits even the privilege of being neutral." A. Hamilton)
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To: BenLurkin

When I eat while driving I stop texting, searching for a cd and put my beer in the cup holder. Much safer./sarc


15 posted on 11/12/2013 8:05:14 AM PST by cork (Remember Bengazi!)
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To: BenLurkin

I suppose it might be a little distracting for some to eat a steak and potato entre while crusing down the turnpike but surely a simple bowl of soup should be doable.


16 posted on 11/12/2013 8:05:38 AM PST by WinMod70
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To: Boogieman

Apparently KFC did!


17 posted on 11/12/2013 8:05:39 AM PST by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both.)
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To: BenLurkin

Why, I never would have guessed this. I am sure glad I was told about it now by experts.


18 posted on 11/12/2013 8:06:07 AM PST by dforest
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To: rlmorel

LOL! Great stories. Thanks. :)


19 posted on 11/12/2013 8:06:38 AM PST by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: BenLurkin

So does looking in your rear mirror, futzing with the audio entertainment center, watching the portable DVD player that’s mounted on the dash, watching or manipulating the GPS, children sitting in the backseat that need to be backhanded for causing problems to their fellow siblings, smoking, and on and on and on.


20 posted on 11/12/2013 8:07:45 AM PST by Jack Hydrazine (I’m not a Republican, I'm a Conservative! Pubbies haven't been conservative since before T.R.)
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