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I wanted to look my best; FINED: Woman defends putting on make-up while driving.

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A WOMAN who was fined pounds 200 after she was caught on camera applying make-up while driving at 32mph today defended her actions, saying she was preparing for a date.

Donna Maddock, 22, from Mold in north Wales, was pictured on police video cameras with both hands off the steering wheel putting on her eye make-up.

She said that she had wanted to look her best for a date with a man who has a girlfriend and child.

"It is what I would call one of my blonde moments. I am so blonde it is untrue when it comes to things like that.

"I must have looked like Penelope Pitstop driving along slapping the make-up on, but it's something all women do. I can't see what the fuss is about."

She said she had decided it was "glam time" when she hit a quiet section of road on the 90-minute drive to her lover's house. Ms Maddock said she used part of her left arm to steer the car and her left hand to hold her make-up pot, while with her right hand she applied eye shadow without using a mirror.

Then she glanced in her rear view mirror to look at herself and saw a police van.

Magistrates in Pwlhelli fined Ms Maddock pounds 200 plus pounds 55 costs yesterday after she pleaded guilty to a charge of careless driving.

She was also given six points on her licence.

A spokeswoman for North Wales Police said the incident "beggars belief".

She said: "A car is a dangerous lump of metal in the wrong hands.

"You need to be in control at all times and Miss Maddock's actions beggars belief."

Ms Maddock was pictured while driving along the A499 in Pwllheli in north Wales.

According to the Arrive Alive road safety organisation, based in north Wales, 41 people were injured or killed on the A499 between 2001 and 2003.

Roger Vincent, a spokesman for the Birmingham-based Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents, branded Ms Maddock "irresponsible".

He said: "It is frightening to think what could have happened, particularly as this is such an accident blackspot."

What do you think of Donna's actions?

GIRLS - is Ms Maddock right, do you apply make-up while driving? Write to Birmingham Mail, PO BOX 78, Weaman Street, Birmingham, B4 6AY or send an email to anna_jeys@mrn.co.uk

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BLONDE MOMENT... Donna Maddock who was fined pounds 200 after being caught on camera (below) applying make-up.
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