Police have warned motorists not to drive while eating cereal after a woman was spotted apparently having breakfast at the wheel.
The woman was captured on video by local TV host Alicia Lewis appearing to eat her cereal while driving on Interstate-394 in Minnesota.
Just witnessed this on 394 this morning 😳 How do you not have 5 minutes to eat cereal at home!? No hands on the whe… https://t.co/YcAQOSayNu— Alicia Lewis (@Alicia Lewis)1555333359.0
Lewis, who stressed she was a passenger when she shot the clip, wrote on Twitter: “Just witnessed this on 394 this morning. How do you not have 5 minutes to eat cereal at home!? No hands on the wheel… seriously!"
To comedy fans, the incident was reminiscent of an episode of It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia, in which Dennis Reynolds is involved in a minor accident while eating cereal at the wheel.
@alicialewisKARE @kare11 https://t.co/dvxFdw8zqZ— Stephen Wright (@Stephen Wright)1555333866.0
It was a link also spotted by police in Chicago, who took the opportunity to pass on an important safety message to motorists.
This is not @alwayssunny You are not Dennis Reynolds We’ll say it again....Do not eat cereal while driving 🚫🥣… https://t.co/j4x0OgXvQN— Chicago PD 14th Dist (@Chicago PD 14th Dist)1555427141.0
They wrote: “This is not @alwayssunny; You are not Dennis Reynolds; We'll say it again….Do not eat cereal while driving"
That in turn caught the attention of the show's star and co-creator, Rob McElhenney, who said he was “happy to be of service."
Happy to be of service, sir. https://t.co/5B9jCdhg46— Rob McElhenney (@Rob McElhenney)1555431321.0
With the sort of comic timing McElhenney and co would be proud of, the Minnesota cereal incident happened during Distracted Driving Awareness Week.