Beware Romantic Distractions

It’s Valentine’s Day, and maybe you’re planning on driving your sweetheart to dinner. Before you do, consider this: romantic distractions while driving can be dangerous year round  Ã¢â‚¬“ not just on Valentine’s Day, according to a poll conducted for

The poll found nearly one-third of American drivers are smooching or engaging in other romantic contact while they’re behind the wheel.

Some 29 percent of drivers surveyed acknowledge they’ve been amorous behind the wheel throughout the year – not just on Valentine’s Day.

That number climbs to 39 percent for highly educated drivers (at least a bachelor’s degree) and high-income drivers (at least $75,000 in annual earnings).

Over to John Egan, managing editor of

Sixteen percent of fatal crashes in 2009 were attributed to distracted driving, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Given that statistic, it’s wise to keep your eyes on the road, rather than on your sweetheart.†

Check out further I.I.I. information on distracted driving.

Hat tip to Insurance Journal for more on this story.

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