Motorists told to cut bad habits

Motorists in Surrey have been urged to stop dangerous habits that could affect their concentration while driving, such as shaving, applying make-up, and changing clothes.

The county council and Surrey Police discovered some unconventional habits after they launched the Drive SMART road safety campaign in September 2009.

And now drivers have been told to make a new year's resolution to cut out the dangerous habits in a bit to make the county's roads safer.

The results of the Drive SMART campaign will not make pleasant reading forcar insurance companies, as it also found that common habits among drivers in Surrey included texting while behind the wheel, tailgating and drink-driving.

Dr Andrew Povey, leader of Surrey County Council, said: "Not only does anti-social driving blight communities and affect people's quality of life, it is also dangerous and can lead to injury or death.

"In the first year of our Drive SMART campaign, 80 fewer people were killed or seriously injured on Surrey's roads compared to the previous 12 months.

"A new year's resolution to put an end to bad driving habits would help us further reduce this figure by making our roads safer and more pleasant for everyone."

Head of Surrey Police Roads Policing Unit, Inspector Chris Colley, said: "We want to encourage people to change their bad driving habits and would urge motorists to think about how their irresponsible behaviour could affect someone else's life as well as their own and their families' lives."

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