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Shaving driver 'stars' in police safety campaign

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Shaving driver 'stars' in police safety campaign
Drivers carrying wild animals on their laps or next to the pedals are liable for a fine of €80 in Spain. Photo: Anthony Willett/Flickr
09:29 CEST+02:00
Shaving,carrying wild animals and watching DVDs while at the wheel are just three of the dangerous activities that Spanish police came across during a recent traffic safety campaign that targeted distracted drivers.

Police traffic stops carried out in early June found 4,312 drivers carrying out actions that were distracting and therefore potentially dangerous.

A total of 156 people have died in car accidents in Spain in the year to date because vehicle drivers were distracted at the wheel, Spain's Interior Ministry said in a statement issued on Thursday.

The most common distraction was using mobile phones while driving, with just over a quarter of fines being handed out because of that activity.

Using hands free telephones was also high up the list while other drivers were spotted using headphones to listen to music or make phone calls. 

The use of these headphones is illegal and anyone doing so is liable to fines of up to €200. 

The same applies for using the internet or video or DVD players when at the wheel.

Meanwhile, some drivers took dangerous driving to a whole new level by carrying wild animals with them — either on their laps or next to the pedals.

Fines for doing this are €80 according to Spanish police.

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