Cobb County, GA- Driving is a complicated task. That’s a fact many of us takes for granted so we allow ourselves to be distracted by many things. Stopping distracted drivers is a goal for law enforcement, but do they take things too far sometimes? One Alabama man thinks so.
In early January, Madison Turner went through a McDonald’s drive-thru in Cobb County to grab a bite to eat. And like most of us, Turner proceeded to drive down the road and eat his double quarter pounder with cheese. He only got two miles down the road before he was pulled over by police.
Madison told WSB-TV, “He said specifically three times, you can’t just go down the road eating a hamburger.”
Turner was cited for distracted driving, but retained an attorney and is fighting the charge. His attorney, William Head, told WSB-TV that he’s only seen clients issued a distracted driving ticket for eating if they’ve caused an accident, never for simply eating.
According to WSB-TV, the Georgia statute pertaining to distracted driving states:  “A driver shall exercise due care in operating a motor vehicle on the highways of this state and shall not engage in any actions which shall distract such driver from the safe operation of such vehicle.”
We applaud the officer’s abundance of caution, but certainly, there had to be other drivers on the road that day who were otherwise acting carelessly. People using their cell phones, driving while intoxicated or speeding are a common sight. Of course, police have a good reason to crack down on distracted drivers, but there is general consensus that cell phones pose a greater danger on the road than cheeseburgers.
In a recent survey, 27 percent of adults and 34 percent of teens admit to texting behind the wheel. A person reading a text takes their eyes of the road for four seconds, in that amount of time a motorist can travel the length of a football field if they are going 55 mph.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates that one-third of all fatal accidents in the U.S, are caused by distracted driving. That puts it on par with drunken driving. If a distracted driver has caused harm to you or a loved one, allow one of our accident attorneys in Georgia to get you the compensation you need.
Some traffic accidents are minor, leaving a motorist with some bruises and their car with some dings. But there are far too many accidents that end tragically, leaving victims dead or suffering life-altering injuries. Accident victims who suffer major injuries or lose a loved one need someone to explain their rights and to advocate for them when they act on those rights.
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