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AA calls on drivers to make New Year's Resolution

Monday 11th January 2010

The AA is calling on drivers to make a New Year’s Resolution to reduce driver distractions.

In a survey conducted on behalf of the AA, 70% of males said they have been distracted by an attractive person in another car or on the street - but only a quarter of women claim to have been distracted in this way.

The AA points to the following extreme examples of distraction:

• A woman was charged with careless driving and fined £200 with six penalty points for a 'mirror, signal, mascara' offence on the move.

• When asked about the problems of make-up on the move, a 60-year-old lay replied: "What else are red lights for, darling?"

* A man in Scotland was fined £300 and banned for six months for having a shave with an electric shaver on the move.

Edmund King, AA president, said: "We hope that drivers in 2010 will make a resolution to leave their bad habits behind them.

“Some treat the car as an extension of their home and think nothing of applying make-up, shaving or watching movies on the move. Mirror, signal, manoeuvre should be the driver tactic rather than mirror, signal, mascara.

"The worst I have seen is a driver eating a Chinese take-away with chop sticks whilst manoeuvring his BMW through narrow residential streets. To cut road deaths in the next decade we need to reduce driver distractions."

Click here to read the full AA press release.

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I am still amazed by the number of people who blatently use their mobile phones whilst driving.
Jim Mennie, Aberdeen

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