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duane1969
01-20-2015, 09:42 AM
On the surface this appears pretty stupid. We all do it right? I did it probably 4 days last week. However, if texting distracts you from driving then doesn't unwrapping and eating a burger?

http://www.foxnews.com/us/2015/01/20/man-cited-in-georgia-for-eating-cheeseburger-while-driving/?intcmp=latestnews

For the record, I find this utterly ignorant. Our society is becoming more and more of a police state every single day. Government entities taking more and more liberties to intervene in our daily lives and dictate to us what common everyday activities are or are not acceptable. The idea that the government knows what is better for you than you do is being perpetuated in every aspect of our lives.

GroundSupport
01-20-2015, 10:35 AM
We are slowly turning into a socialist country.

sanfran22
01-20-2015, 10:44 AM
We are slowly turning into a socialist country.

We've been doing that for decades sadly. It's now finally being accepted by a lot of the masses.

Star_Cards
01-20-2015, 11:23 AM
We are slowly turning into a socialist country.

I'm not seeing the connection. Can you expand on this a little?

Star_Cards
01-20-2015, 11:27 AM
This seems very odd that eating food would be categorized as distracted driving. Hopefully this guy will fight the citation. I can see if maybe the guy dropped the burger and the officer witnessed him ducked down or something extreme like that, but if he was just holding it in one hand and driving I don't see how that can be anymore distracting than turning up your radio or talking to a passenger. If an officer can say eating is a distraction (assuming he was just eating a burger normally) that's pretty scary about what all they can ticket you for.

GroundSupport
01-20-2015, 11:30 AM
I'm not seeing the connection. Can you expand on this a little?

If you don't see it, then I'm not going to even to attempt to explain it to you.

Duane already has done that.

Star_Cards
01-20-2015, 11:33 AM
If you don't see it, then I'm not going to even to attempt to explain it to you.

Duane already has done that.

Why are you always so combative? I really want to know your thoughts. I'm not seeing how this equates to socialism. I guess I'll discuss with someone else.

sanfran22
01-20-2015, 12:01 PM
Why are you always so combative? I really want to know your thoughts. I'm not seeing how this equates to socialism. I guess I'll discuss with someone else.

Well Gov't socialism says the Gov't knows better what to do with your money/resources then you do. That may be the angle?

deansayso
01-20-2015, 12:09 PM
Well Gov't socialism says the Gov't knows better what to do with your money/resources then you do. That may be the angle?

Yeah but this is a stretch. I don't see the problem with this. Like Duane originally said it is a distraction. I don't think seat belts should be required but these types of distractions should be outlawed.

sanfran22
01-20-2015, 12:12 PM
Yeah but this is a stretch. I don't see the problem with this. Like Duane originally said it is a distraction. I don't think seat belts should be required but these types of distractions should be outlawed.

Wehre does it stop then? Gov't will always act like they know better then you.
I think they just need to make the self driving cars already geesh!!! lol.

deansayso
01-20-2015, 12:21 PM
Wehre does it stop then? Gov't will always act like they know better then you.
I think they just need to make the self driving cars already geesh!!! lol.

Self driving would be fine by me! Ha of course the government knows better. They see all the car crash data. You think a private company is going to be able to enforce this?

If I get in a car crash because some nimwit was stuffing his face with a cheeseburger I'm shoving that burger down his throat.

Star_Cards
01-20-2015, 02:17 PM
Well Gov't socialism says the Gov't knows better what to do with your money/resources then you do. That may be the angle?

I think in the matter of distracted driving it's not completely about government knowing best. I'm not sure if that applies in this case. We have very little to go on as far as facts other than he was eating a burger form mcdonalds and was cited. I will say that on the surface eating a sandwich should not classify as distracted driving. Although could see eating a burger could be quite distracting. Say someone were trying to pull tomatoes off or put condiments one. Or maybe someone had dropped a piece on their shirt and was cleaning that up and not paying attention. I wonder if the officer just saw him eating and pulled him over or if maybe he witnessed him swerve or make other movements that eludes to him being distracted. We really don't know in this case unfortunately. I can see scenarios where it can go both ways... overreaching by the police and him actually being distracted by his burger. If someone is driving distracted and actually is a threat to others I don't have an issue with them being pulled over. It doesn't matter what the item was that distracted them if it's legit.

duane1969
01-20-2015, 04:09 PM
I think in the matter of distracted driving it's not completely about government knowing best. I'm not sure if that applies in this case. We have very little to go on as far as facts other than he was eating a burger form mcdonalds and was cited. I will say that on the surface eating a sandwich should not classify as distracted driving. Although could see eating a burger could be quite distracting. Say someone were trying to pull tomatoes off or put condiments one. Or maybe someone had dropped a piece on their shirt and was cleaning that up and not paying attention. I wonder if the officer just saw him eating and pulled him over or if maybe he witnessed him swerve or make other movements that eludes to him being distracted. We really don't know in this case unfortunately. I can see scenarios where it can go both ways... overreaching by the police and him actually being distracted by his burger. If someone is driving distracted and actually is a threat to others I don't have an issue with them being pulled over. It doesn't matter what the item was that distracted them if it's legit.

Article says the cop said he had been eating his burger for two miles. Not that much of a stretch. If he was doing 45MPH he would travel two miles in less than 3 minutes.

JustAlex
01-20-2015, 06:18 PM
We are slowly turning into a socialist country.
Finally you're making some sense!

Everyone knows cheeseburgers are eaten by socialists all over the world....

Wise up folks!

ajcorleone
01-20-2015, 08:34 PM
I have to admit this made me chuckle
Finally you're making some sense!

Everyone knows cheeseburgers are eaten by socialists all over the world....

Wise up folks!

deansayso
01-20-2015, 11:59 PM
Finally you're making some sense!

Everyone knows cheeseburgers are eaten by socialists all over the world....

Wise up folks!

Yes it's incredibly socialist unless of course you get a side of freedom fries! Merica

Star_Cards
01-21-2015, 11:31 AM
Article says the cop said he had been eating his burger for two miles. Not that much of a stretch. If he was doing 45MPH he would travel two miles in less than 3 minutes.

Hmm... still not a ton of info. If he's just driving down the road eating and maintaining proper speeds and in his lane I see little reason for him to be pulled over.

Star_Cards
01-21-2015, 11:33 AM
Finally you're making some sense!

Everyone knows cheeseburgers are eaten by socialists all over the world....

Wise up folks!

wait... was it American cheese on that cheeseburger?

GroundSupport
01-21-2015, 12:11 PM
Notice the point went over the liberals heads.

I guess they love being controlled in all aspects by their government. They need their help to surive in life.

Star_Cards
01-21-2015, 03:52 PM
Notice the point went over the liberals heads.

I guess they love being controlled in all aspects by their government. They need their help to surive in life.

That's not the case at all. Although I would prefer police to pull over (and help everyone survive) people that are actually driving while distracted (not saying it was legit in this case).

deansayso
01-21-2015, 04:47 PM
That's not the case at all. Although I would prefer police to pull over (and help everyone survive) people that are actually driving while distracted (not saying it was legit in this case).

I drive just fine on my cell phone but in some states it's illegal. I'm surprised that it isn't illegal in every state. Same with eating.

Star_Cards
01-21-2015, 04:53 PM
I drive just fine on my cell phone but in some states it's illegal. I'm surprised that it isn't illegal in every state. Same with eating.

Yeah, I can drive and speak on the phone just fine as well. It's not illegal to hold your phone and drive in my state. I suppose that opens up the discussion of what is distracted driving. It's seems like a slippery slope. I'd hope that they would never make eating while driving illegal.