Which professions receive the most fines for speeding?
I briefly considered writing this week’s column on the critical distinction between working as a comedian and just screaming, because there seems to be a lot of confusion between the two. However, defending libel – especially with a defense of truth – can take so long, so my mind turned to crimes and misdemeanors instead.
If Twitter provides instant, brutal performance reviews of comedians, perhaps paying a fine has a similar reprimanding effect on all but brazen politicians who break COVID regulations.
This got me thinking, which professions “get” the quickest fines?
Turns out a UK insurance company asked the same question in 2017 and 2018. Surgeons came in at number 10 in 2017. I’m not sure how I feel about that result. On the one hand, I take comfort in the thought that they rushed to work to help save a life. On the other hand, do we want someone to operate on us who does not follow the rules?
Medical consultants made number 6 on the 2017 list. Perhaps the salaries paid to surgeons and consultants mean that speeding fines have little deterrent effect. This could explain why professional footballers were number one in 2017. Put a young sportsman (most likely male) in a supercar, and what could go wrong. If memory serves, cricketer Lord Ian Botham managed to deregister two sponsored Saabs on the same day.
In 2018, Doctors slipped out of the top ten and Footballers fell to number 7. Restaurateurs ranked second in 2017 did not take the top spot. That went, wait, locksmiths. People whose job it is to get out of almost anywhere couldn’t escape the fines. Again, one can only speculate as to why they are overrepresented in traffic offences.
When I started looking for answers to this question, I expected that taxi drivers, chauffeurs, delivery drivers and couriers would make up the majority of the top 5. However, while delivery drivers and couriers shared 10th place in 2018, no other professional riders made the list.
There is of course the too good to be true story of the late Formula 1 driver, Ayrton Senna, who was allegedly arrested for speeding during the British Grand Prix weekend, and greeted by the policeman who did not recognize the driver, with the question “who do you think you are, Nigel Mansell?”