1 in 9 Lothians accidents involve teenage drivers

The survey was comissioned by the RAC Foundation. Picture: Paul Parke
The survey was comissioned by the RAC Foundation. Picture: Paul Parke
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ONE in nine injury accidents in the Lothians involve teenage drivers, despite those aged between 17 and 19 nationally making up only 1.5 per cent of licensed drivers.

Covering the five years from 2008 to 2012, the survey was commissioned by the RAC Foundation and carried out by transport research laboratory TRL.

The study showed 11.6 per cent of accidents in Lothian and Borders involved young drivers.

The figures have led for calls for teenage drivers to face a longer minimum learner period and a lower alcohol limit

The RAC Foundation said that currently one in five young drivers will have an accident within six months of passing their test.

Novice young drivers are at particular risk because of both their lack of experience, which affects new drivers of all ages to some degree and the behavioural characteristics of youth.