OAP speeders outnumber boy racers in Tayside

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Like most areas, the Tayside region of Scotland has its problems with speeding drivers. However, local residents aren't being put at risk by joy riding teenagers or boy racers, but rather reckless OAPs, who have been flouting the posted speed limits.

In fact, the problem with go-faster grannies is so great that three times as many people over 70 have been caught speeding in the area than teenagers.

Young drivers are even outnumbered in the speeding stakes by the area's middle-aged drivers. 1,748 motorists aged between 30 and 39 were caught speeding in the 12 months up to June 30 2014, compared to 1,402 drivers aged between 20 and 29.

However, it is a 22-year-old man who holds the dubious honour of the highest recorded speed in the area, after being caught driving at 129mph on the A90.

Gordon Samson, secretary of the Dundee Pensioners' Forum, said: "I think some pensioners maybe believe that they are more experienced and can handle a car better than younger people, which may be why they're being caught more often going too fast," reports the Evening Telegraph.

The area has seen a reduction in the amount of young drivers being convicted of speeding, which has partly been credited to a new young driver initiative, which has allowed children as young as 14 to practice their driving skills under the watchful eye of expert tutors on private land.

Sergeant Paul Taylor, of the Trunk Road Policing Group, said: "It is accepted that driving skills improve with experience. However, it is extremely encouraging to note that fewer drivers from the under-20 category are found to be speeding."

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