Boy racers stopped in their tracks


By Cara Sulieman

A PAIR of boy racers were stopped in their tracks after being caught speeding in West Lothian as part of a new crackdown.

The 22 and 25-year-olds were caught racing on a road in Livingston as part of Operation Opel which is targeting young drivers aged between 17 and 25 – the most likely group to be involved in a serious accident.

Part of a joint operation between Lothian and Borders Police, West Lothian Council and the Vehicle and Operator Services Agency, a further 11 drivers have also been given warnings since June.

They included a 24-year-old man who was caught drink driving in Bathgate, West Lothian, just weeks after passing his test and an 18-year-old boy who was caught travelling at twice the speed limit in Linlithgow.

“Enforcement will be carried out”

A police spokesman said: “Whilst we will actively seek out young drivers, we are aiming to encourage them to avoid driving inappropriately or dangerously.

“Our personnel will offer advice upon driving and the legality of personalisation trends common to their vehicles.

“However, if this does not work, enforcement can and will be carried out.”

No details of the speeds involved, or the precise locations, were available, a police spokesman said yesterday.