Eating While Driving

Written by Sandra Bain

You slept through all 5 of your alarms and now you’re rushing out the door on your way to work. Your hair is a total mess, you’re wearing odd socks and you skipped breakfast... a coffee and McMuffin are starting to sound pretty good right now.

The drive thru staff hand over your morning saviour and the car quickly fills with the aroma of freshly brewed coffee. You then get a whiff of that perfectly cooked egg, juicy bacon and a slice of cheddar cheese nestled comfortably in a toasty English muffin... mmmmm


Before you know it, you’re back on the road, digging into your breakfast feast. With a coffee in one hand and a muffin in the other, you start driving with your knees. You then notice sauce dripping down your arm.. you take your eyes off the road for just a split second to lick it up when the car in front brakes suddenly. 


BANG, you’ve run straight into the back of them.


Many drivers don’t realise just how dangerous distracted driving can be, you need to be focused at all times when behind the wheel. Distracted drivers are a danger not only to themselves and their passengers but to other road users as well. It only takes a split second to lose your concentration. 

While it's not illegal to eat while driving in Queensland, the state government is aware of the dangers of distracted driving. If you are caught taking your eyes off the road to focus on your food, you could be hit with three demerit points and a court imposed fine for “driving without due care and attention”.


In Queensland, the maximum penalty courts usually issue for negligent driving is $4000.
They can also impose a disqualification period depending on the severity of the case.

**Simply taking your eyes off the road for longer than two seconds, doubles the risk of a crash.**

In early 2018, a P-plater was photographed digging into a bowl of cereal on a busy Perth road. The picture showed the teen holding the bowl in one hand and a spoon in the other while appearing to be steering with her knees.

Police said the woman was fined $300 and accrued three demerit points for driving “without due care and attention”.

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