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The ABA Journal had an interesting finding in this week’s magazine. Doctors and lawyers have the highest rates of car crashes of any occupation. Maybe it’s too much thinking about the heath care debate, or maybe it’s being on the cell phone all the time. Maybe, the article speculates, it’s being too tired. They support this with the finding that the number one group for accidents is students.

The findings were: For every 1,000 students, there are about 152 accidents and 87 speeding tickets per year, the report showed. That compares with 109 accidents and 44 speeding tickets for doctors. For lawyers; 106 accidents and 37 speeding tickets.

Robert Sinclair, spokesman for AAA New York, who saw one category that seems to sum up most of them; tired drivers. "These are professions who put in lots and lots of hours," Sinclair said. "Often fatigued driving can be a greater impingement on skills and abilities than alcohol."

The safest on the list were farmers. The next safest were firefighters, with 67 annual accidents per 1,000, and pilots, with 75. (They ranked 29th and 33rd, respectively, in the number of speeding tickets they received, the report showed.)

Personally, I’ve been rear ended a couple of times and hit a rail after sliding on ice one time. But, it certainly is another thought to keep in mind while driving.

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