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Priests named among worst drivers in the UK

Data from 7.8 million car insurance enquiries on price comparison site MoneySuperMarket, revealed nearly three in every 1,000 priests had a previous conviction for dangerous driving in the last 12 months.

Offences included racing, overtaking dangerously, ignoring traffic lights, tailgating and using a mobile phone whilst driving.

Christian racing driver and Methodist preacher Andy Haynes told Premier everyone has "momentary lapses in concentration" and recalled a time he "inadvertently went through a camera" when telling his children off in the back seat.

He says although "none of us are above the law" it's important to remember that God forgives us when we slip up.

"Priests and those in service to God are all human beings and capable of giving in to temptation."

Warehouses loaders were ranked number one for bad driving while other top culprits included car dealers, bar workers and medical advisers.

Haynes says Christians can be a witness to others in the way they behave behind the wheel and suggested the use of an ichthys (fish) symbol to keep them accountable.

"If we are identifying as Christians and we have a sticker that says so, does our behaviour at all times whilst we are driving that car demonstrate that," he said.

Professional footballers, lawyers, and ice cream vendors were among the safest drivers on the road while men were found to be six times more likely to drive recklessly than women.

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