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Landmarks 'distracting drivers'

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A 164ft sculpture of a white horse which is set to be built in Kent, could distract drivers and cause more accidents and higher car insurance premiums, a survey has revealed.

The white horse - dubbed the Angel of the South - is to be constructed close to the A2 at Ebbsfleet in Kent, but a poll by esure car insurance found that roadside landmarks mean drivers take their eyes off the road.

Motorists in north east England, where the Angel of the North is sited, are most distracted by landmarks, with 73% admitting to taking their eyes off the road when passing them.

Some 66% of the 1,000 drivers asked said they had often been distracted by landmarks and more than a quarter said they had had to break suddenly when passing them.

Nearly half (47%) said national landmarks should not be built next to busy roads, while 49% would support the erection of warning signs telling drivers to slow down when approaching landmarks.

The survey said Stonehenge on Salisbury Plain in Wiltshire was the most distracting landmark, followed by the Angel of the North on Tyneside and then the London Eye.

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