Posted Aug 16th 2014 12:00PM
While there are many driving myths already out there, this one which started in Halifax, Nova Scotia seems to have spread rather quickly. What started as a witty CBC radio show prank about a fictional new driving law designed to ban motorists from eating breakfast sandwiches actually ended up going viral and making major headlines.
As the "story" gained more and more traction online, CBC Nova Scotia's newsroom received a call from Halifax Regional Police. Police were concerned about the so-called story that quoted, what turned out to be, a fictional police officer named Bruce O'Reiley.
In the story, O'Reiley likened eating breakfast sandwiches and driving to "chewing on a gun," saying ,"Your mouth waters as you plunge the flavourful disc into your mouth and then ... BANG, you've T-boned a hearse and there's a body on the freeway."
Halifax Regional Police Chief Jean-Michel Blais told CBC Radio he's never busted anyone for eating a breakfast sandwich while driving, but he said texting and driving, or driving while distracted, is a real safety concern.
"It brings to light the importance of the issue and if it brings a little bit of humour, that's great. It's when, of course, people take it as gospel and... if it's on the internet, it's got to be true," said Blais.
Click here to watch the video on this clever spoof discussing Nova Scotia's decision to "outlaw" eating breakfast sandwiches while driving.