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Eating while driving could cost you $433 and three demerits

We sometimes forget that driving is a serious business deserving concentration and an awareness of what’s around us. Texting and talking on the phone is still a major problem but so too are those drivers who eat behind the wheel. And I’m told it’s not unusual to see drivers on the M1 Motorway reading the newspaper on the steering wheel as they drive. Only recently I was nearly rammed by a driver heading out of a McDonald’s with a hamburger in his hand. Quite clearly, the new camera’s being introduced by the N.S.W. Government are going to have a field day. With fast food drive thru’s many driver’ today don’t give a second thought to eating and drinking behind the wheel – there is no specific law prohibiting eating while driving but you can still fall foul of Australian Road Rule 297 that states: “a driver must not drive a vehicle unless the driver has proper control of the vehicle.” Fine: $433 and three demerit points. I’m David Berthon

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