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Don’t eat and drive: How snacking at the wheel could result in a $575 fine and under unknown Australian road rule

  • Drivers are not allowed to eat or drink while driving
  • A fine can attract a $600 fine in QLD and WA
  • Up to 60 percent of motorists eat while driving

Australians can be fined up to $600 if they are caught eating or drinking behind the wheel. Under little known rule of the road, almost all drivers are guilty of theft.

Drivers in Queensland can be fined $575 and three demerit points for “driving without due care or attention”.

“You can be fined $575 and three demerit points if you do not have proper control of your vehicle,” the Queensland Police Department explained on Facebook.

“So make sure you don’t hold the steering wheel with one hand or take your eyes off the road to eat,” the department wrote.

‘Obviously, you are allowed to take your hand off the steering wheel for a short time to operate your car, but eating while driving can be construed as a lack of proper control of your car and distracting driving,’ they explained.

The penalty is subject to state driver distraction laws.

In Western Australia the fine for the same offense is higher than $600 while in New South Wales drivers can be charged a fine of $469 and three penalty points.

The Northern Territory has a $150 fine for reckless driving – which can be considered eating or drinking while driving.

Australians can be fined up to $600 if caught eating or drinking behind the wheel Under an unknown rule of the road, almost all drivers are guilty of breaking

Eating or drinking while driving can cost you up to $600 and three points.  Pictured here is a police officer talking to a driver in South Australia

Eating or drinking while driving can cost you up to $600 and three points. Pictured here is a police officer talking to a driver in South Australia

South Australian drivers can be fined up to $201 for not having proper control of their vehicle, with the same offense in the ACT costing $301.

Eating or drinking while driving in Tasmania can result in a $173 fine and three demerit points for failing to properly control their vehicle or driving without proper care and attention.

As many as 60 per cent of Australians admitted to eating behind the wheel in data from a new market comparison survey.

As many as 31 percent said they used their phones while driving, while 17 percent smoked or used e-cigarettes and 8 percent wore makeup.

While the law does not explicitly state that these actions are illegal, they can be seen as a distraction to drivers.

In 2018, a hungry teenage P-plater was fined $300 after she was photographed eating a bowl of cereal while driving on a Perth road.

A hungry teen driver (pictured) has been fined $300 after she was photographed eating cereal behind the wheel in Perth

A hungry teen driver (pictured) has been fined $300 after she was photographed eating cereal behind the wheel in Perth

A picture of her taken by a Radio 6PR listener appears to show the young woman driving on her knees.

“Cereal Guilty” also received three negative points and was criticized by WA Police Commissioner Chris Dawson.

You can’t drive a car and eat your briki at the same time. It’s just ridiculous… It’s incomprehensible,” he told 6PR.

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