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Baby on board sticker in car window Scent of danger: Air fresheners were among the worst offenders
From stickers to air fresheners to teddy bears, the survey found a range of 'ornamental clutter' which could cause accidents and even lead to prosecution. [Agencies]


Novelties and air fresheners dangling from your rear-view mirror could cause accidents, the AA warned today.

A survey of more than 2,000 vehicles on motorways found that one in 20 had a potential blind spot caused by 'ornamental clutter'.

The worst offenders were odor-eating scent trees, teddy bears, beads and football pennants.

"The most bizarre and dangerous item was a silver CD which in the morning sunlight had the extra danger of dazzling other drivers with the reflection. There appears to be an urban myth that dangling a CD will somehow avert speed camera detection. It doesn't," the AA noted.







(China.org.cn September 13, 2011)

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