Woman caught ‘applying make-up’ while driving down busy road with child in back

Shocking images show a woman driving down a dual carriageway with a child in the back of her car – while appearing to do her make-up.

The driver was snapped on the 40mph road in Bournemouth by a photographer, prompting the fury of stunned viewers.

She was spotted looking in the driver’s side sun visor mirror while seemingly beautifying herself, trying to keep one eye on the road ahead.

At the wheel of a white Honda, she appeared to attempt to apply her mascara while keeping up with the busy flow of traffic streaming along the dual carriageway.

A child, thought to be around three years old, was in the back of the car on Wessex Way, Bournemouth.

The picture was taken by a photographer from the Daily Echo as part of a campaign against drivers using mobile phones at the wheel.

Furious social media users voiced their disbelief at her actions, with one writing: "The penalty is still way too low.

"A 12 month ban and a fine might make these idiots think twice!"

Sgt Mark Farrow, of the Dorset Police No Excuse team, said "Most motorists would realise that putting make up on while driving is simply irresponsible.

"You are not in proper control of your vehicle and such incidents could amount to careless driving offences.

"We would yet again remind motorists that you are effectively behind the wheel of a lethal weapon and I would urge everyone to ensure they drive safely and considerately to avoid risking their safety and that of other road users."

Legislation introduced a year ago means those caught using phones at the wheel can receive six penalty points on their driving licences and fines of £200.

They are no longer given the opportunity to attend an awareness course instead of receiving points.

Sgt Farrow added "As an officer who deals with the often tragic aftermath when a driver is distracted at the wheel, I would like to make a personal plea to the driving public to think about their actions.

"You may think liking your friends Instagram post or Snapchatting your drive home is the most important thing at the time, but this is wrong and your life and those of others should be the priority.

"Nothing is more important than your safety and the safety of other road users and, while you think you can get away with it, it is vital that drivers realise they could kill someone.

"We are urging drivers to take responsibility for their actions and leave their phone alone."

The same force recently caught a woman with her head turned round by 180 degrees to read a Jack and the Beanstalk fairy tale to her young child at 50mph on a busy main road in Branksome, Dorset.

Eyes off the road ahead, the loony ‘once upon a time’ mum was reading aloud to the child in the back seat as she held the steering wheel with her other hand.

She was at the wheel of her car but twisted round to face her child, who was sat in the back seat.

Furious traffic cops issued her with a ticket and said she was one of 31 motorists were stopped and dealt with in just a few hours – 23 were driving and using a mobile phone.

Some were eating as they drove, said undercover officers who posed as commuters at bus stops to watch drivers.

Meanwhile in Norfolk, police pulled over a man without insurance or a licence and found he was more than twice the drink drive limit with his seven-year-old child in the passenger seat…at 2.30am in the morning.

He also had no insurance or licence and now faces a lengthy ban.

The cases have highlighted how hordes of motorists are still blatantly ignoring the safe driving rules.

One traffic cop in Dorset said today "People are still prepared to get behind the wheel of what is potentially a one-ton killing machine when they’ve had too much to drink, or want to use their mobile phines or even watch films while they’re driving."

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