New Jersey Assembly Unanimously Approves Bill Banning Eating While Driving

It’s an art, really, arranging your car for optimal behind-the-wheel snackage. Fries in the cup holder; burger tucked in the narrow space between your hand and steering wheel. In time, you even learn which foods are most commuter-friendly and which will do a better job coating your carpets than your stomach. But if you live in New Jersey, all those handy tricks could very soon be all for naught.

On Monday, the New Jersey State Assembly approved 12 – 0 a bill that would ban “any activity unrelated to the actual operation of a motor vehicle in a manner that interferes with the safe operation of the vehicle on a public road or highway,” according to NBC.

This presumably means everything we know we shouldn’t be doing while driving, but do anyway, like applying make-up or smoking or, of course, eating, or even more innocuous activities like reading directions or rubbernecking.

The bill leaves it open to police discretion to decide what is or isn’t interfering, spawning some well-warranted hesitation among locals.

“I can’t adjust the radio anymore? I can’t change the CD? I can’t look at a map?” New Jersey National Motorists Association representative Steve Carrellas reportedly told local newspaper The Star-Ledger.“This is a whole set of undefined behavior that someone could perform in the car that could be considered not driving.”

Luckily the State Senate still needs to give the bill a once-over, so Garden Staters can continue on with their behind-the-wheel grubbing, at least until it’s green-lit.

H/T Vice

Dominique would be a foodie if she had money to pay for food. For now, she gets by just looking at food photography, which results in at least one more starving journalism student every time Instagram breaks down.

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  • The Vulgar Chef

    Now I’ll have to pull over to get fat.

    • Linda Lovelush


  • Anonymous

    From my cold dead hands!

  • Linda Lovelush

    Yeah, and the food, if placed on the seat beside you, should be toward the back on the flatter surface of the seat so it doesn’t tip over. Also, before driving away, open your burger box and dump your condiments into the lid so you have easy access to your dips.

  • James Babb Ⓐ

    This will do nothing for public safety, but it will give racist cops more justifications to harass brown people, and become yet another revenue source for the state parasites.

    It could even make the roads more hazardous, as folks fumble to hide harmless activities like map reading.