It’s time our safety authorities checked out the number of traffic prangs caused by people of the opposite sex.
Alf will be raising the matter with our Transport Minister, the corpulent Gerry Brownlee, who himself is likely to be a road hazard by distracting the attention of all those women who have a thing about fat politicians.
The issue of the dangerous distraction such people cause has been highlighted in a Daily Mail report (here).
We learn that – in Britain – ogling drivers cause nearly one million crashes every year because they are too busy concentrating on members of the opposite sex.
Figures show distracted motorists cause an average of 2,525 crashes every day as they lust through their windows – the equivalent of 921,840 per year.
Researchers found drivers crash their cars into lampposts or shunt other vehicles more in the summer when men and women are wearing less clothing.
These troubling figures come from a study of 2,142 drivers which found 60 per cent of men admitted being distracted by attractive women while 12 per cent of female drivers said they took their eyes off the road to leer at handsome men.
Furthermore, 21 per cent of drivers admitted they couldn’t tear their eyes away from advertising billboards featuring pictures of picture perfect models. Hence these billboards are a major distraction on the road, too.
An insurance company, Direct Line, seems to have undertaken the study.
Spokesman Matt Owen said: ‘Stealing a quick look at an attractive pedestrian or billboard model may well be a bit of fun but, on a serious note, drivers shouldn’t underestimate that this type of distraction is a major contributing factor in road accidents.
‘The number of crashes caused in this way have not changed year on year so drivers obviously are not learning to keep their eyes on the road.’
Between 2008 and 2009, 921,840 drivers across Britain admitted crashing because they were distracted by a member of the opposite sex.
Alf is confident a similar study in this country would find we are no less susceptible to being distracted by attractive creatures of the opposite sex, although the figures would be commensurate with our smaller population.
Mind you, Alf would like to think we have better-looking sheilas in this country than in Britain, so maybe our figures would reflect that too.
But the thing is – what do we do about it?
The natural instinct of do-gooders and illiberal tossers in this country is to demand that anything causing a hazard – or having the potential to cause a hazard – be banned.
Banning billboards which feature people who might be ogled seems straightforward enough (which means the likes of John Key and Alf would not be allowed to portray ourselves on campaign billboards).
But what about banning all people who might be ogled while out walking, cycling or whatever?
And how do we identify these threats to our safety? If some women fall for fat politicians, well, who knows…
Maybe none of us should be let loose on the streets when there are motorists around.