Driver In Duluth Pulled Over While Eating Frosted Flakes
While you probably shouldn't do it, there are some people that will eat fries, a burger, sandwich, or some other kind of finger food while driving. If you follow the letter of the law, eating while driving is a form of distracted driving and can be dangerous. Especially for those that might drop a fry and feel that uncontrollable urge to try to grab it while cruising down the road. Not a good idea.
While grabbing a fry or biting out of a sandwich is one thing, there are certain foods that take the dangers of eating while driving to a whole new level. Spaghetti or soup? Probably not a great idea. Cereal? Well, that actually got someone pulled over in Duluth recently.
In a tweet from the Minnesota State Patrol that was posted on May 4, a story was shared of a 42 year old male driver in Duluth who was not only on his phone while driving (which officially became illegal in 2019 in Minnesota), but he was also eating Frosted Flakes! What?
The incident happened along Highway 194 in Duluth, though the tweet doesn't detail what stretch of the road it occurred on. Highway 194 spans from Mesaba Avenue near the Coppertop Church past the Miller Hill Mall (Known as Central Entrance and Miller Trunk Highway) through Hermantown and to Saginaw, where it meets up with Highway 2.
Bold combination. Mixing being on your phone with a bowl of cereal. How was this person driving? With his knee? Yikes.
Minnesota' hands-free law, which went into effect in 2019, basically prohibits drivers from holding their phone while driving. The Department of Public Safety website explains:
You may not hold your phone in your hand. Also, a driver may not use their phone at any time for video calling, video live-streaming, Snapchat, gaming, looking at video or photos stored on the phone, using non-navigation apps, reading texts and scrolling or typing on the phone.
While this particular law doesn't address eating while driving, distracted driving of any form is a bad idea, and you should probably leave the cereal eating for times when you aren't behind the wheel.