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COBB COUNTY, Ga. — We’ve all grabbed something to eat at a drive-thru window and eaten it in our car, but it got one man in trouble for doing just that in Atlanta.

Madison Turner was given a ticket after getting caught eating a cheeseburger while driving in Cobb County.

Many drivers were surprised to hear Cobb County police pulled Turner over and ticketed him for eating a quarter-pounder while driving, WGCL reported.

“The officer explained to me that he observed me eating a burger for two miles,” Turner told WSBTV. “He said specifically three times, ‘You can’t just go down the road eating a hamburger.’”

“Maybe I was enjoying the burger too much,” Turner told the station. “I needed to tone it down. I was certainly willing to do so, but I didn’t expect to be fined or punished.”

Christy Fletcher said she does it all when she’s in her car.

“Eat in the car, listening to music, changing the radio station, talking on the phone,” Fletcher said.

“I think that’s kind of ridiculous,” said Rahmel Style, another surprised driver. “I mean, it’s not like he was using the phone.”

It’s illegal to text and drive in Georgia, but most drivers had no idea the state’s distracted driver law covers anything that takes our attention away from the road. Even a burger.

And the penalties can be tough.

“You can get up to three points on your driver’s license for this charge, and a several hundred dollar fine up to a thousand dollar fine,” said defense attorney Sam Nash. “As far as your insurance rates, they will increase for at least three years, and they’ll always follow you around.”

Nash says the law could even force you to do a year in jail. He says most cops will only cite you for distracted driving if they’ve spotted some other violation. But he warned that the law is on the books and police can use it.

“If I got pulled over for doing it, I would accept the responsibility,” said one driver.

Turner is from Alabama. Police are not saying anything about the case because Turner has not yet appeared in court.

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7 comments

  • Lane

    This is laws gone stupid,if this is the case then literally everybody is a traffic criminal,…oh you picked up a espresso… you are ticketed…oh you touched your radio….you are ticketed…oh you turned to look over your shoulder,must have been her butt…you are ticketed….Police and the ridiculous laws they enforce are not worth paying any attention to because their laws are too ridiculous to follow!

  • IP 145.374.032

    Too ridiculous is right… except police enforce it all under the very real threat they will KILL YOU to stop you from doing it. If they simply followed their oaths non of this crap would come about. All prior restraint laws are unconstitutional. Always have been always will be.

    • IP 145.374.032

      You should be “sorry”. When you read a billboard, where are YOUR eyes? But before you go running down to the local PD to turn yourself in, please explain which individual’s rights were being violated by this man taking bites of a hamburger while driving? You can’t because he hurt no one. There was no victim and there can be no crime without one! Without crime government has nothing to do. Therefore, prior restraint laws get created by politicians to give the impressing they are doing something about whatever horrible tragedy they failed to stop this week. Keep cheering them on and maybe they will remember you and you can get special ‘privileges’ — like drinking that kool-aid while driving.

    • K

      If you have to stare at the food you are eating, you’re doing it wrong. I don’t know anyone that has to look at a burger so much while eating it that they can’t have their attention focused on the road. If I get to the point that I have to focus so intently on my food that I can’t do anything else when I reach 70 I hope to God they take my license so I don’t endanger myself and others.

  • Knes

    A ticket for a stupid thing like that?? What a stupid cop! Just mail the ticket back with a “eat this” note on it. wouldn’t pay it or appear.