Northamptonshire Police has released images of a driver caught brushing his teeth at the wheel in an effort to raise awareness of the dangers of distracted driving.
One of the force’s mobile enforcement vans captured the motorist using an electric toothbrush while driving in March 2017 – on a route which took him past a school shortly after 4pm.
As a result, the driver opted to pay to undertake a driver improvement course, which aims to educate drivers about their behaviour and change attitudes behind the wheel.
Northamptonshire Police is keen to remind motorists that distractions can be visual, mental, auditory or physical, or may combine several elements. For example, using a phone when driving is a mental, physical and visual distraction.
The force adds that anyone can become distracted, including vulnerable road users such as pedestrians or cyclists, making it ‘even more important for drivers to watch out for others’.
PC David Lee, of the force’s Safer Roads Team, said: “Distractions make it harder for drivers to spot hazards and react quickly. Most people understand that using a mobile phone or eating when you’re driving is distracting, but the range of dangerous things we see people doing behind the wheel is ridiculous.
“This incident might look funny at first, but doing anything other than concentrating on the road when you’re driving could result in a serious or even fatal collision.
“We take action against drivers like this on a daily basis to help keep everyone safer on Northamptonshire’s roads, and I’d urge everyone to think twice before trying to multi-task behind the wheel. It’s not safe, it could be illegal, and it could cost someone their life.”