Police cited driver for eating with no hands on wheel in Deerfield


Deerfield police cited a driver who was eating a bagel behind the wheel. The driver was pulled over and fined for distracted driving, not for eating.

Deerfield Police Officer Adam Sokoloski told 22News an officer on patrol pulled a man over on Route 116 last Friday morning.

Officer Sokoloski said the driver was eating a bagel, holding it with two hands, with no hands on the steering wheel.

The driver was issued a $45 citation for impeded driving. 

“I quite often see them drinking too which is just bad policy,” Greenfield resident Don Billiel told 22News. “That’s why there are more accidents. I just don’t think it should be done, if you’re driving you should just be paying attention to what you’re doing.”

In Massachusetts, there is no law that bans drivers from eating, but there is a law that says nothing can impede or block your vision of the road.  

Driving with no hands on the wheel counts as impeded driving.

Officer Sokoloski said reading a newspaper, texting, and driving with a pet on your lap are all forms of distracted driving.

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