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Man ticketed for 'eating while driving'

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It was a hamburger with a side of a traffic ticket.

An Alabama man said he was in shock after he said a police officer in Georgia gave him a ticket recently for eating while driving.

Thousands of people do it every day, but the man who had gone through a McDonald's drive-through was taking a bite out of his burger at the wrong time.

"Officer explained to me that he had observed me eating a burger for about two miles,” said Madison Turner.

He was eating a double quarter-pounder with cheese, and said the officer told him “you can't just drive down the road eating a hamburger.”

According to the ticket, the officer wrote Turner up under the distracted driving law.

The officer had written that Turner was “eating while driving.”

"So, if this was the law, I'd have to hire more attorneys because everybody does it, including me,” said Attorney William Head. "There was no accident here, so the fact that this man was charged with eating and driving is a first for me."

Turner said he is going to fight the ticket.

"I didn't expect to be fined or punished,” he said.

The police department couldn't comment on the matter.

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