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Madison Turner had been eating the cheeseburger “for about two miles” before he was pulled over

"You can't just go down the road eating a hamburger,” Turner was told.

Alabama resident Madison Turner was the recipient of an “eating while driving” ticket from a Georgia police officer who may have been feeling the pangs of an empty and jealous stomach (though we’re just speculating).

Turner told Atlanta’s WSB-TV that it was a McDonald’s Double Quarter-Pounder that got him in trouble, and was told by the officer, "You can't just go down the road eating a hamburger."

The officer had apparently been tailing Turner for long enough to note that he had been eating the McDonald’s cheeseburger “for about two miles,” reports The Associated Press.

"Maybe I was enjoying the burger too much; I needed to tone it down. I was certainly willing to do so, but I didn't expect to be fined or punished," Turner told WSB-TV.

William Head, a traffic lawyer who is not representing Turner, told The Associated Press that the case was unlike any he’d ever seen.

"Maybe if you had a giant pizza in both hands and you weren't holding the wheel, or maybe if you had a watermelon — half watermelon — and you were just diving into it holding it with both hands, maybe that would be something," said Head.


Man Arrested for Reckless Driving Because of. a Double Quarter Pounder

by Ionut Ungureanu

This man sure wasn't loving it.

Madison Turner from Alabama, claims he ordered a double quarter-pounder with cheese from a McDonald&rsquos fast food in the Marietta area shortly before he was pulled over last week. It turns out the poor fellow was seen eating while driving for about 2 miles, which was enough for the officer to pull him over. &ldquoYou can&rsquot just go down the road eating a hamburger&rdquo is what the officer told him.

&ldquoFor must of us, I think we can safely eat a burger and drive our car at the same time&rdquo Turner told MyFox Atlanta later that day. Even though Georgia&rsquos distracted driver law doesn&rsquot mention food, this is exactly what the policeman wrote on the ticket, which booked Turner for a court appearance on February 3.

So, the two quarter pound beef patties simply seasoned with a pinch of salt and pepper, two slices of melty cheese, silvered onions and tangy pickles all on sesame seed bun looks tasty? Well, just pull over when you chew on it, instead of driving.


Man cited in Georgia for eating cheeseburger while driving

Madison Turner told MyFoxAtlanta.com that he was unaware of the Eating While Driving law, but intends on fighting his ticket for the "right of every American to enjoy fast food while safely traversing the roadways."

MARIETTA, Ga. – A man says he was cited by police outside Atlanta for eating a cheeseburger while driving.

Madison Turner, who's from Alabama, tells Atlanta station WSB-TV he ordered a double quarter-pounder with cheese from a McDonald's in the Marietta area shortly before he was pulled over last week.

Turner says the officer told him he saw him eating the cheeseburger for two miles, telling the man "You can't just go down the road eating a hamburger."

The ticket, issued under Georgia's distracted driving law, states in the comments section that the offense is "eating while driving."

Turner is to appear in court Feb. 3.

"For most of us, I think we can safely eat a burger and drive our car at the same time," Turner told MyFoxAtlanta.com.

Cobb County police spokesman Mike Bowman declined comment. In an email to The Associated Press early Tuesday, Bowman said the department will decline any interviews about the case.

William Head, a longtime traffic lawyer who is not representing Turner, said he doesn't recall seeing a case quite like this one.

Georgia's distracted driver law does not mention food. It says only that drivers can't engage in actions that distract them from operating a vehicle safely.

"Maybe if you had a giant pizza in both hands and you weren't holding the wheel, or maybe if you had a watermelon - half watermelon - and you were just diving into it holding it with both hands, maybe that would be something," Head said.


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Busted for DUI. of a Double Quarter Pounder

Distracted drivers are a menace, and it always seems that when you spot one threatening to test your car's side-impact protection capabilities, there's nary a cop to be seen.

For every clown I've observed texting with two hands at 60 mph mid-lane change, I've seen an equal number of motorists who think the driver's seat is some sort of picnic area. They're just as bad. Maybe worse. Because you never know when an errant pickle or blob of ketchup might lead to a pile-up straight out of a CHiPs episode.

As it happens, there are municipalities where being that guy is as illegal as playing Angry Birds behind the wheel. Via Eater and Fox News comes the story of one such driver who now has a court date because of the McDonald's Double Quarter Pounder w/ Cheese he was eating while driving in Georgia.

Alabama resident Madison Turner was busted for the aforementioned burger after police observed him eating it over a distance of two miles. The summons he was given was for distracted driving&mdashspecifically eating while driving.

Turner, obviously the Chuck Yeager of eating fast food while driving, thinks it's all a bit much, telling Atlanta's local Fox affiliate that, "For most of us, I think we can safely eat a burger and drive our car at the same time."

Yeah. I'm not lovin' it, Madison. Judging from my own observations on America's interstates, "most of us" probably shouldn't drive a car at all, much less try to cram down 740 calories of deliciousness while doing so.

As the officer who ticketed Turner is quoted, "You can't just go down the road eating a hamburger."

So next time you hit the drive-thru, pause under those golden arches for a quick nosh in the parking lot.


Man cited for ‘eating while driving' in Cobb County

COBB COUNTY, Ga. &mdash Madison Turner said he ordered a double quarter pounder with cheese from McDonald’s last week, and a police officer pulled him over, along Canton Road in Marietta.

“The officer explained to me that he observed me eating a burger for 2 miles,” Madison said. “He said specifically three times, you can’t just go down the road eating a hamburger.”

According to the ticket, the officer wrote him up under Georgia’s distracted driving law, and under the comments sections wrote “eating while driving.”

That law reads, in part: “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.”

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

“If this was the law, I’d have to hire more attorneys because everybody does it including me,” said William Head, a longtime traffic and DUI attorney, who is not representing Turner.

“I’ve only seen something like this charge when there’s an accident. There was no accident here so the fact that this man was charged with eating and driving is a first for me,” Head said. Head added that law was very vague.

“Maybe if you had a giant pizza in both hands and you weren’t holding the wheel or maybe if you had a watermelon, half watermelon and you were just diving into it holding it with both hands, maybe that would be something,” Head said.

A spokesperson for Cobb County police said they could not comment, since the case is ongoing. Madison has a court date on Feb. 3.


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Which Would You Name Dumbest News Story Of The Week: ‘Cheeseburger DWI’ or ‘Satanic School Bus’

On any given week there exists thousands of news stories so menial and stupid they actually cause me to wince with disgust, BUT, there can only be ONE dumbest news story of the week.

One story has to reign supreme when it comes to its level of both stupidity and absurdity, and today I’m seeking to name this week’s story by pitting two of the dumbest headlines I’ve ever seen against each other.

On the one hand we’ve got the age-old story of some batshit crazy Southern mom who probably drinks more Mad Dog 20/20 than she does Church wine, but somehow finds the most trivial of offenses in every day life and turns it into an affront on her God given right to live a happy life. In this case in particular it’s a mother from Memphis, Tennessee who says she’s OUTRAGED that there are ‘Satanic pentagrams‘ in place of the school bus lights.

And in the other corner we’ve got my own personal favorite, a man who was cited/ticketed for eating a cheeseburger while driving his car, and told by and actual officer of the law: “You can’t just go down the road eating a hamburger.”

So why have I chosen these two to represent this week’s dumbest news stories? Well if you don’t know the answer to that question already, chances are you probably aren’t a very smart individual, and things like humor and irony fly over your head quicker than you lasted the night you lost your virginity.

Just let it sink in for a moment that not only did a cop waste his time following a driver for several miles to know for certain the man was eating a hamburger, but then he pulled him over, ticketed him, AND had the gall to lecture a grown ass man on how eating food and driving is against the law (which I’m still not convinced it is, fuck your law books!).

And in the other corner we’ve got a woman who represents everything that makes our nation both crazy and great. She’s so off her rocker that she’s calling every Christian alive to be outraged at the lights on a school bus in a school district nobody gives two shits about.

I’m going to be honest with you here, I both love Memphis for its food, but also couldn’t give two shits about the city. The historical impact of Memphis is waning by the day…it’s not longer an epicenter for music or culinary arts, it’s really just another city on a river. But today it’s embroiled in the insanity of a Bible beater who probably sees Jesus’ face appearing in the soap scum inside her busted ass shower.

But let’s take an in-depth look at the two stories before deciding the Grand Poobah of Stupidity.

MARIETTA, Ga. (AP) — An Alabama man is accused of eating while driving in Atlanta’s suburbs.

Madison Turner tells WSB-TV that he ordered a double quarter-pounder with cheese from a McDonald’s shortly before being pulled over last week in the Marietta area.

Turner says the officer told him that he observed him eating the cheeseburger for two miles, telling the man “You can’t just go down the road eating a hamburger.”

The ticket, issued under Georgia’s distracted driving law, states in the comments section that the offense is “eating while driving.”

If you’re like me, right now you want to go buy two-hundred cheeseburgers, post up at a rest stop on the highway and give them out to every person who wants one just to prove a point: adults should be able to eat when and wherever the fuck they want. Cops have less than NO right to tell me when and were to eat my food.
There’s ZERO proof that this man was a danger on the road whilst eating that juicy cheeseburger. All we know is some bored-as-fuck cop pulled him over and lectured him on when and where he’s allowed to eat cheeseburgers.

One mom in Memphis, Tennessee seems to think so.

Robyn Wilkins tells WMC Action News the brake lights shaped like 5-pointed stars resemble Satanic pentagrams.

“Anyone who fears a God, if not God and Jesus Christ, should be outraged. If you can’t put a cross on there, you cannot put a pentagram on it.”

If it was possible for me to call a tie here, I would, but given that this is the first time on BroBible that I’m pitting two stories against each other in hopes of naming the DUMBEST NEWS STORY OF THE WEEK, I feel the need to name one as the supreme leader of idiocy.

Therefore, after pouring over all the material and looking at the two stories from every angle, I’m officially naming ‘Mom upset over ‘Satanic symbol’ in school bus brake lights‘ as the stupidest fucking story of the week.

The fact that anyone gave this janky ass crone the time of day, let alone went out to both take pictures, film her, and interview her…well, that makes me lose a little faith in humanity. But at the same time as I’m weeping for the state of Journalism in America, I’m also overjoyed that someone somewhere was gifted this assignment. Because from a writer’s perspective there’s literally NOTHING more entertaining than dealing with the craziest of the crazy.

When you’re speaking with someone and verbal diarrhea begins to spew from their mouth in under ten-seconds, you typically know that you’ve got a heater of a story on your hands, and thus is the case with Crazy Christian Memphis Mom.

In fact, I’m somewhat jealous of the WMCActionNews reporter who went so far as to interview a ‘practicing Wiccan’ about pentagrams, because why the fuck not?

WMC Action News 5 talked to Jo Applewhite, who is a practicing Wiccan. She says technically the lights do form a pentagram, but she says the symbol itself is not a Satanic or evil one.

“Find out what it really means before you start getting riled up and all worked up about something,” Applewhite said. “Wiccans, we believe in God, we believe in Jesus, but we don’t call him God.”

If you’re making the conscious decision to shed light on the dumbest fucking story ever covered, then you might as well go all in on it, right? So kudos to the angry mom from Memphis on being named by me as the ‘dumbest fucking story of the week’.

As for whether or not I’ll continue this as a feature next week will depend on whether or not there’s a pair of stories so deliberately awful I feel a burning desire in my loins to cover them….check back next Tuesday to find out.

And if you don’t agree with my decision and think that the man cited while eating the cheeseburger deserves to be ranked as the ‘dumbest news story of the week’ then go ahead and make your case down below in the comments, I’ll enjoy the debate.


Can You Actually Get Pulled Over for Eating Behind the Wheel?

THOMASVILLE, GA (#WTXLDigital) - There are a lot of ways drivers get distracted, but what if a cheeseburger was stopping someone from focusing on the road?

One man in Cobb County got a ticket for distracted driving, but he wasn't texting a friend or turning up the volume. He was just hungry.

Madison Turner, who lives in Alabama, says that he got a double quarter pounder with cheese from McDonalds before hitting the road. That's when an officer pulled him over.

He says that the officer saw him eating the cheeseburger for two miles, and the officer told him that "You can't just go down the road eating a hamburger."

The ticket was issued under Georgia's distracted driving law, and in the comments section, it said "eating while driving."

Most of us have had a bite to eat while driving, but can we actually get pulled over for it?

Captain Steve Jones from the Thomas County Sheriff's Office says that the Georgia law takes into account cell phones, specifically texting while driving. However, he says that officers concentrate on making sure that drivers are focused solely on driving, instead of what's going on around them.

Captain Jones says that he pulled over a woman for reading while driving. "She had the book on the steering wheel while driving on the road at 60 miles per hour."

When it comes to distracted driving, Georgia law covers the following:

  • Ban on all cell phone use (handheld and hands-free) for bus drivers (Primary law)
  • Ban on all cell phone use (handheld and hands-free) for novice drivers (Primary law)
  • Ban on texting for all drivers (Primary law)

"Eating" isn't listed anywhere.

However, Georgia law defines the meaning of the distracted driving law with the following statement:

" 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."

According to the Georgia Governor's Office of Highway Safety, this statement is just a general stance on the law, and that this specific law goes further into detail on how it applies to using a cell phone behind the wheel.

The law is Georgia law 40-6-241, which is the distracted driving law for the state - the one that Madison Turner got a ticket for.

Here's the number of convictions for that law:

Year Processed at DDS Number of Convictions
2005 4,624
2006 3,306
2007 1,321
2008 1,366
2009 1,836
2010 2,020
2011 2,537
2012 2,429
2013 2,496
2014 2,666
Jan. 1 to 20, 2015 103
Total 24,704

So, if you're driving in Georgia and that cheeseburger you're eating is just so delicious that it takes over all your senses, it's probably best to stop somewhere before taking another bite.


Eating-while-driving citation: Have distracted-driving laws gone too far?

A man driving near Atlanta gets ticketed for enjoying a large cheeseburger a little too much.

To eat, or not to eat—that is the question. If driving in Georgia, the answer is no, unless you want a ticket.

In Marietta, Georgia, Madison Turner of Alabama was enjoying a double Quarter Pounder with cheese while cruising on a highway. A police officer pulled him over, told Mr. Turner that he witnessed him eating the McDonald’s cheeseburger for about two miles, and then issued him a ticket for violating Georgia’s distracted driving law. The officer told him, “You can’t just go down the road eating a hamburger” three times, Turner said.

The law does not explicitly include “eating while driving” in its verbiage. It does say: “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.”

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

Cobb County police spokesman Mike Bowman said the department would not comment, since it is an ongoing case. Turner’s court date is scheduled for February 3.

What Supreme Court’s jettisoning of precedent may mean for future

So what does “distracted driving” entail?

In 2012, then-Toronto Mayor Rob Ford was photographed in the act of reading and driving, after which he defended himself by saying, “I’m a busy man.”

A few years ago, Rhode Island legislator Peter Palumbo tried to ban lapdogs with a hefty ticket of $125 for those who let their canine friends sit behind the wheel.

Cecilia Abadie got a ticket in San Diego for driving and wearing Google Glasses at the same time. And many drivers simply get lost in thought Forbes reported in 2013 that 62 percent of distracted driving fatalities were a result of daydreaming.

According to the latest data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration on the Georgia Governor’s Office of Highway Safety website, in 2012 more than 3,300 people were killed in crashes involving distracted drivers, and another 421,000 were injured. NHTSA also estimates that drivers are distracted while driving about 30 percent of the time. While talking on cell phones often gets highlighted – since it distracts on a cognitive, visual, and physical level – other behaviors such as eating, smoking, drinking, talking, or fiddling with the car are also culprits.

Across the country, more states have adopted laws to prevent distracted driving. Currently, talking on a hand-held device while driving is banned in 14 states, and restrictions for talking on a hand-held device for novice drivers exist in 37 states. A total of 44 states currently prohibit texting while driving.

Arizona, one of two states without a ban on texting while driving (the other being Montana), came up with a creative method of dealing with those distracted by their phones. They cracked down on distracted drivers by issuing speeding tickets, which state law claims warranted by surpassing a speed “greater than is reasonable and prudent.” A Department of Public Safety spokesperson told the Arizona Daily Star, “Any speed is not reasonable when you’re texting, because you’re not fully in control of your driving.”

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Phone usage can typically be easy to spot, but the question then is how to include some of these other distracted behaviors in legislation. Not every distracted behavior is possible for officers to notice, which leaves the responsibility of not being distracted to the driver, or someday to the car. DMV.org suggests that if you start to lose focus, get out and stretch your legs, breathe deeply, or talk to yourself to stay focused.

“Whether the distraction is inside your vehicle or outside, your willingness to be distracted will influence how successful you are in freeing yourself of driving distractions.”


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