The term “distracted driving” normally makes you think of texting or talking on your phone while driving. Maybe you also think about talking to others in your car, or maybe tending to children in the backseat. However, would you ever think about a driver eating a burrito as a cause for distracted driving?
This was the case for one bus driver in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Last summer, the driver was in charge of a bus and was driving it down a major road while eating a burrito with two hands. He lost control of the vehicle and hit a line of stopped cars. Several drivers in other cars were injured as a result, and have filed personal injury lawsuits against the negligent driver. The driver’s reckless behavior was also seen on camera footage shot from the camera located inside the city bus he was driving. It seems that a wide variety of activities can be construed as “distracted driving”, and for very good reason!
For your information, if you are involved in a car accident, Pennsylvania has at least one section on the incident report to address to distracted driving violations. Fines and charges may increase if you are cited with one of these violations. In addition to fines and charges for distracted driving, you also are putting yourself and others in serious danger. Think twice before texting, chatting, and eating while you drive!
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