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A study has revealed that hospital consultants and barristers are among the most dangerous drivers on the road.

Both are in a top ten of professions caught speeding which is headed by company operations directors, surgeons and sales directors.

Researchers found speeding motorists are more likely to have big egos, high-powered jobs and expensive cars, with Porsche drivers most likely to be caught driving too fast, ahead of those driving an Aston, Jaguar or Bentley.

Whether such drivers are too well-off to be deterred from their thrill-seeking tendencies by the prospect of a fine, or whether they enjoy the risk of living life in the fast lane and do not believe they will get caught, the upshot is that road users are more at risk from middle-aged men with high- powered jobs and expensive cars than from boy racers.

The figures were compiled by price comparison website MoneySupermarket.com from details supplied by drivers searching for insurance – more than 14million quotes over 12 months.

Those with basic cars and low-paid jobs, students and drivers aged 20 to 24 were least likely to have a speeding conviction.

Men in their 40s are far more likely to speed than any others. Some 11.4 per cent of those aged 40-49 had a speeding conviction, compared to 8.6 per cent of women in this group.

Kevin Pratt from MoneySupermarket said: ‘Your profession can say a lot about you. The temptation to speed is too much for some to resist.’

Doctors and barristers amongst top 10

professionals most likely to break speed limit

8 January 2013