Blackburn MP snapped eating banana on the M6

This Is Lancashire: Blackburn MP snapped eating banana on the M6 Blackburn MP snapped eating banana on the M6

AN East Lancashire MP has defended claims he was driving while distracted because he was eating a banana.

It comes after a national newspaper was set to publish pictures of Blackburn MP Jack Straw eating the fruit as he drove on the M6.

Mr Straw said a political reporter from The Sun had contacted him for a response to the allegations.

The MP told the Lancashire Telegraph: “They have a picture of me which was snapped on the M6 going south on Good Friday of me eating a banana. It was an absolute nightmare, and the traffic was going very slowly.

“The Highway Code does not prohibit eating a banana.”

According to a government website offering advice on safe driving, eating and drinking are not in themselves against the law.

However, the code does say that drivers must avoid distractions, including loud music which could mask other sounds, trying to read maps, inserting a cassette or CD, or tuning a radio, arguing with your passengers, or other road users, eating and drinking and smoking.

An AA spokesman said on the organisation’s website: “If any of these behaviours are coupled with bad driving, or lead to an accident, a charge of careless driving, or not being in a position to control the vehicle, becomes a distinct possibility. These behaviours can also be used to show dangerous driving, an offence which could lead to imprisonment, particularly if the dangerous driving causes a death.”

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9:26am Tue 22 Apr 14

maxcollie says...

At least Jack wasn't using his mobile
At least Jack wasn't using his mobile maxcollie
  • Score: 38

9:30am Tue 22 Apr 14

ConcernedOssy says...

But where had put it !! Or was the banana elsewhere. !!
But where had put it !! Or was the banana elsewhere. !! ConcernedOssy
  • Score: -14

9:37am Tue 22 Apr 14

Izanears says...

According to a government website offering advice on safe driving, eating and drinking are not in themselves against the law.
YES, but who is to say what is safe driving or not. Remember the case recently of the woman who was fined for taking a drink from a bottle while she stopped at some traffic lights.
According to a government website offering advice on safe driving, eating and drinking are not in themselves against the law. YES, but who is to say what is safe driving or not. Remember the case recently of the woman who was fined for taking a drink from a bottle while she stopped at some traffic lights. Izanears
  • Score: 37

9:52am Tue 22 Apr 14

ghanto says...

the way I look jacks photo I sympathise him and leave him alone
the way I look jacks photo I sympathise him and leave him alone ghanto
  • Score: -27

10:47am Tue 22 Apr 14

.Lancs _ Pensioner says...

But was he eating the banana in a seductive way It could offend other drivers.?
But was he eating the banana in a seductive way It could offend other drivers.? .Lancs _ Pensioner
  • Score: 20

10:50am Tue 22 Apr 14

juanbbien says...

Maybe his sugar levels were low,it's no worse than smoking whilst driving
Maybe his sugar levels were low,it's no worse than smoking whilst driving juanbbien
  • Score: 7

11:15am Tue 22 Apr 14

shytalk says...

Good job the phone didn't ring then.
Good job the phone didn't ring then. shytalk
  • Score: 22

11:26am Tue 22 Apr 14

thoroughbred says...

Get a bl**dy life, this is news???? PATHETIC!
I eat fish & chips whilst driving, nobody wants to snap me :-(
Get a bl**dy life, this is news???? PATHETIC! I eat fish & chips whilst driving, nobody wants to snap me :-( thoroughbred
  • Score: -14

11:46am Tue 22 Apr 14

ghanto says...

it was better if he uses a "straw" to drink banana milkshake
it would've been safer
where's the skin of the bannana
it was better if he uses a "straw" to drink banana milkshake it would've been safer where's the skin of the bannana ghanto
  • Score: 21

12:11pm Tue 22 Apr 14

HarryBosch says...

The offence of driving without due care and attention (careless driving) under section 3 of the RTA 1988 is committed when the defendants driving falls below the standard expected of a competent and careful driver - section 3ZA(2) of the RTA 1988. 
Therefore, IMO, the mere act of eating or taking a drink from a container, taken on its own, does not, in itself, amount to driving without due care and attention. But if that act causes the persons driving to fall below the standard expected of a careful and competent driver then the offence is complete.
For example, if the act of eating or drinking causes the driver to swerve from side to side or speed up or slow down then that would be evidence of careless driving. IMO there has to be a consequence resulting from the act. I have read the reports in the national press recently of people who have been given a ticket for drinking water at the wheel and, unless that was done without evidence of some other negative aspect of the persons driving then, IMO, it is over zealous. It is totally different from using a mobile phone, for example, when a person would have to divide their attention between driving and operating that type of device.
The offence of driving without due care and attention (careless driving) under section 3 of the RTA 1988 is committed when the defendants driving falls below the standard expected of a competent and careful driver - section 3ZA(2) of the RTA 1988.  Therefore, IMO, the mere act of eating or taking a drink from a container, taken on its own, does not, in itself, amount to driving without due care and attention. But if that act causes the persons driving to fall below the standard expected of a careful and competent driver then the offence is complete. For example, if the act of eating or drinking causes the driver to swerve from side to side or speed up or slow down then that would be evidence of careless driving. IMO there has to be a consequence resulting from the act. I have read the reports in the national press recently of people who have been given a ticket for drinking water at the wheel and, unless that was done without evidence of some other negative aspect of the persons driving then, IMO, it is over zealous. It is totally different from using a mobile phone, for example, when a person would have to divide their attention between driving and operating that type of device. HarryBosch
  • Score: 14

12:51pm Tue 22 Apr 14

:-)*_=¬^(~+/@:-) says...

i have just seen the photo and judging by the chimpanzee like expression on his face it looks to me as though the banana is still stuck in his mouth and he cant spit it out.
maybe somebody should open his mouth to relieve him of it with the help from a fully qualified zoo keeper/ vet and whilst doing so relieve him of any other bits and bobs that may be stuck down there.
i have just seen the photo and judging by the chimpanzee like expression on his face it looks to me as though the banana is still stuck in his mouth and he cant spit it out. maybe somebody should open his mouth to relieve him of it with the help from a fully qualified zoo keeper/ vet and whilst doing so relieve him of any other bits and bobs that may be stuck down there. :-)*_=¬^(~+/@:-)
  • Score: 19

3:14pm Tue 22 Apr 14

boynesider says...

hang him.....some people need to get a grip ..then again The Sun say no more
hang him.....some people need to get a grip ..then again The Sun say no more boynesider
  • Score: 21

3:58pm Tue 22 Apr 14

Champagne plus charlie says...

It is not the eating of the banana that is the issue, it is that a minute earlier the rozzers saw him peeling it using his feet.

You can take the bloke out of Blackburn..........
It is not the eating of the banana that is the issue, it is that a minute earlier the rozzers saw him peeling it using his feet. You can take the bloke out of Blackburn.......... Champagne plus charlie
  • Score: 18

4:30pm Tue 22 Apr 14

mmickk says...

At least with the banana in his trap it stops the utter tripe coming out.
At least with the banana in his trap it stops the utter tripe coming out. mmickk
  • Score: 18

5:12pm Tue 22 Apr 14

bubble of reason says...

If he Eats Two Bananas..... Can He Reapeal????
If he Eats Two Bananas..... Can He Reapeal???? bubble of reason
  • Score: 16

5:12pm Tue 22 Apr 14

shirtbox says...

Cheeky monkey.lol.
Cheeky monkey.lol. shirtbox
  • Score: 17

5:26pm Tue 22 Apr 14

bluewindow says...

What's worse eating a banana whilst driving or driving while taking a photo of a man eating a banana? Or are they as bad as each other?
What's worse eating a banana whilst driving or driving while taking a photo of a man eating a banana? Or are they as bad as each other? bluewindow
  • Score: 18

5:34pm Tue 22 Apr 14

phil kernot says...

HarryBosch wrote:
The offence of driving without due care and attention (careless driving) under section 3 of the RTA 1988 is committed when the defendants driving falls below the standard expected of a competent and careful driver - section 3ZA(2) of the RTA 1988. 
Therefore, IMO, the mere act of eating or taking a drink from a container, taken on its own, does not, in itself, amount to driving without due care and attention. But if that act causes the persons driving to fall below the standard expected of a careful and competent driver then the offence is complete.
For example, if the act of eating or drinking causes the driver to swerve from side to side or speed up or slow down then that would be evidence of careless driving. IMO there has to be a consequence resulting from the act. I have read the reports in the national press recently of people who have been given a ticket for drinking water at the wheel and, unless that was done without evidence of some other negative aspect of the persons driving then, IMO, it is over zealous. It is totally different from using a mobile phone, for example, when a person would have to divide their attention between driving and operating that type of device.
Is a traffic act a crime or a act ,, no act can be implemented unless you sign when asked to sign but it's not a offence to refuse to sign ,, just means your entering a contract ,or not for that matter ,, and what do you know police forces are registering as businesses ,, check there on the company register ,, and if there A businesses can they enforce criminal acts ,, or does it become a civil offence ,, the plot thickens :))
[quote][p][bold]HarryBosch[/bold] wrote: The offence of driving without due care and attention (careless driving) under section 3 of the RTA 1988 is committed when the defendants driving falls below the standard expected of a competent and careful driver - section 3ZA(2) of the RTA 1988.  Therefore, IMO, the mere act of eating or taking a drink from a container, taken on its own, does not, in itself, amount to driving without due care and attention. But if that act causes the persons driving to fall below the standard expected of a careful and competent driver then the offence is complete. For example, if the act of eating or drinking causes the driver to swerve from side to side or speed up or slow down then that would be evidence of careless driving. IMO there has to be a consequence resulting from the act. I have read the reports in the national press recently of people who have been given a ticket for drinking water at the wheel and, unless that was done without evidence of some other negative aspect of the persons driving then, IMO, it is over zealous. It is totally different from using a mobile phone, for example, when a person would have to divide their attention between driving and operating that type of device.[/p][/quote]Is a traffic act a crime or a act ,, no act can be implemented unless you sign when asked to sign but it's not a offence to refuse to sign ,, just means your entering a contract ,or not for that matter ,, and what do you know police forces are registering as businesses ,, check there on the company register ,, and if there A businesses can they enforce criminal acts ,, or does it become a civil offence ,, the plot thickens :)) phil kernot
  • Score: -11

7:41pm Tue 22 Apr 14

peely says...

HarryBosch wrote:
The offence of driving without due care and attention (careless driving) under section 3 of the RTA 1988 is committed when the defendants driving falls below the standard expected of a competent and careful driver - section 3ZA(2) of the RTA 1988. 
Therefore, IMO, the mere act of eating or taking a drink from a container, taken on its own, does not, in itself, amount to driving without due care and attention. But if that act causes the persons driving to fall below the standard expected of a careful and competent driver then the offence is complete.
For example, if the act of eating or drinking causes the driver to swerve from side to side or speed up or slow down then that would be evidence of careless driving. IMO there has to be a consequence resulting from the act. I have read the reports in the national press recently of people who have been given a ticket for drinking water at the wheel and, unless that was done without evidence of some other negative aspect of the persons driving then, IMO, it is over zealous. It is totally different from using a mobile phone, for example, when a person would have to divide their attention between driving and operating that type of device.
Yaaaaaaaaawn ! ,!
[quote][p][bold]HarryBosch[/bold] wrote: The offence of driving without due care and attention (careless driving) under section 3 of the RTA 1988 is committed when the defendants driving falls below the standard expected of a competent and careful driver - section 3ZA(2) of the RTA 1988.  Therefore, IMO, the mere act of eating or taking a drink from a container, taken on its own, does not, in itself, amount to driving without due care and attention. But if that act causes the persons driving to fall below the standard expected of a careful and competent driver then the offence is complete. For example, if the act of eating or drinking causes the driver to swerve from side to side or speed up or slow down then that would be evidence of careless driving. IMO there has to be a consequence resulting from the act. I have read the reports in the national press recently of people who have been given a ticket for drinking water at the wheel and, unless that was done without evidence of some other negative aspect of the persons driving then, IMO, it is over zealous. It is totally different from using a mobile phone, for example, when a person would have to divide their attention between driving and operating that type of device.[/p][/quote]Yaaaaaaaaawn ! ,! peely
  • Score: -14

7:43pm Tue 22 Apr 14

peely says...

Was he scratching under his arm at the same time ?
Was he scratching under his arm at the same time ? peely
  • Score: 13

7:51pm Tue 22 Apr 14

M.DANNY says...

I see thousands of motorists using mobile phones while driving and didn't see one motorist convicted this week or last week ? I don't understand if they are caught using a mobile phone how many points on their license and do they get a ban for 12 months ?
Are the police to busy with other issues like petty crimes like shopliftings vandalism graffiti and litter ?
I see thousands of motorists using mobile phones while driving and didn't see one motorist convicted this week or last week ? I don't understand if they are caught using a mobile phone how many points on their license and do they get a ban for 12 months ? Are the police to busy with other issues like petty crimes like shopliftings vandalism graffiti and litter ? M.DANNY
  • Score: 13

10:14am Wed 23 Apr 14

vicn1956 says...

So a woman gets fined for taking a sip from a drink whilst in stationary traffic but it's ok for straw to eat a banana whilst driving.
One law for them another.............
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So a woman gets fined for taking a sip from a drink whilst in stationary traffic but it's ok for straw to eat a banana whilst driving. One law for them another............. .. vicn1956
  • Score: -10

2:17pm Wed 23 Apr 14

egghead_debbie says...

Why is this not front page news??? Its an utter disgrace. Seriously - a man eating a banana in a car - this should definitely be in the headlines. Forget about all the murder, war, tragic events going on at the moment. Bring back hanging I say.
Why is this not front page news??? Its an utter disgrace. Seriously - a man eating a banana in a car - this should definitely be in the headlines. Forget about all the murder, war, tragic events going on at the moment. Bring back hanging I say. egghead_debbie
  • Score: 12

4:24pm Wed 23 Apr 14

Rose Rouge says...

It certainly wouldn't have affected his ability to steer the vehicle, as he would probably have been eating the banana with his feet.
It certainly wouldn't have affected his ability to steer the vehicle, as he would probably have been eating the banana with his feet. Rose Rouge
  • Score: 9

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