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Watch your speed – no matter what your profession!

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Speeding is a major contributing factor to road traffic accidents – and new research has revealed which professions frequently drive faster than the limit.

Operations directors, surgeons and sales directors are the most-likely motorists to have been caught speeding, according to the study by price comparison website MoneySupermarket.

A total of 14 million car insurance quotes submitted over the last 12 months were examined by MoneySupermarket to find out if there was a correlation between a driver’s occupation and whether or not they had points on their license for a speeding offence.

The link showed that those people in highly-paid jobs are more likely to ignore speed limits and in doing so could be a danger to other road users.

Here’s the list of the Top-10 professions that have speeding convictions:

1. Operations director

2. Surgeon

3. Sales director

4. Managing director

5. Chartered surveyor

6. Chief executive

7. Commissioned officer

8. Financial adviser

9. Hospital consultant

10. Barrister

Kevin Pratt from MoneySupermarket said: “The nation’s drivers are living up to stereotype.

“Our data shows that professionals in high paid jobs driving fast powerful cars are more likely to be caught speeding than the average family car, or a car with a smaller engine.

“The temptation to speed is too much for some to resist.

“Your profession can say a lot about you; the type of car you drive, your age and very often your gender.”

Among the least-likely groups of drivers to get caught speeding are café workers, students and building society clerks.

Further research from MoneySupermarket found that 68% of all driving convictions are for speeding or for speed-related incidents, with male motorists the more likely to get caught as 9.2% have convictions.

A spokesperson for First4lawyers said: “MoneySupermarket’s study makes for interesting reading as speeding is always an incredibly emotive issue.

“Whether you’re a chef, chief executive, student or surgeon, we strongly advise all motorists to abide by speed limits and drive in a responsible manner at all times.

“Certain professions do come with  added pressure and that can mean working to tight schedules, and result in a lot of time spent on the road. However  it’s simply not worth taking unnecessary risks with your own safety and that of others by speeding.”

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