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Driving Whilst Eating Cases Increase

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The results of a survey, published last month (February), have revealed that there is an increase in the number of drivers who are eating whilst behind the wheel of their vehicle.

The survey, which questioned 1,000 drivers on their eating habits whilst driving over the last year, found that 29 percent admitted to opening and consuming food whilst driving; whilst 33 percent said they had eaten food which had been opened by a passenger in the vehicle.

Previous studies conducted in 2008 suggested that eating and drinking whilst behind the wheel of a car, was just as dangerous as using a mobile phone whilst driving; and the latest findings have suggested that two percent of drivers have been distracted whilst eating in their car, resulting in them having to swerve or break to avoid a hazard.

In addition to revealing an increase in the number of drivers eating whilst driving, the survey also found that five percent admitted to either shaving, brushing their hair or applying make-up whilst driving; with 15 percent admitting to carrying out personal grooming whilst the vehicle is stationary.

Drivers who are distracted behind the wheel and caught by the police are at risk of receiving a fixed penalty notice, which carries a fine of £100 and three penalty points; however, for those drivers who have been issued with such a notice, our road traffic solicitors in Yorkshire may be able to help.

Our dedicated road traffic offences team can provide specialist advice and representation, with the aim of defending and preserving your licence wherever possible; and we are able to assist from the earliest stages of a road traffic law case, right through to criminal proceedings, advice on pleas, court procedures and sentencing options.