A U.K. woman who ate a banana while stopped in traffic in her car has been fined £145.00 (approximately $206 USD) for “not having proper control of [the] vehicle while driving.”
Christchurch resident Elsa Harris actually received the ticket last year, when she “pulled down a little bit of banana skin momentarily and carried on eating and driving” while stopped at a roundabout, and was quickly corralled by an unmarked police car.
Harris told ITV last year that she had already partially peeled the fruit before driving off to work, but was observed “peeling a banana whilst driving with no hands on the steering wheel, risking the safety of other road users,” according to Dorset police.
Harris was given a £100 fine and option of receiving three points on her license or the completion of a driver safety course, but chose to challenge the case in court. Later, Harris decided to plead guilty on the advice of an attorney, and subsequently received the license points, as well as a bigger fine.
“It’s the most expensive banana I've ever had in my life,” Harris told ITV last year. Dorset police, which posted news of Harris’ guilty plea in a Facebook update that “may apPEEL to our followers,” used the opportunity to ask drivers to “please think twice before eating and drinking at the wheel.”