There has been significant improvement in speed limit compliance since Scotland’s first urban average speed camera (ASC) system went live in Edinburgh last year.
Camera specialists Jenoptik said that following a SPECS3 VECTOR system becoming operational on Old Dalkeith Road a year ago, there are now on average only two offences recorded per day, compared with the period before the installation when three in every five vehicles were speeding.
In addition, during the last year there have been no injury collisions reported within the area covered by ASC system.
Jenoptik traffic solutions director Geoff Collins said: ‘SPECS Average Speed Cameras have a proven record in improving safety on 350km of Scottish strategic roads, but this is further evidence that lower speed limit, urban routes are also dramatically safer for residents and road users alike where ASC are operated.’
East Safety Camera Unit manager Inspector Vincent Fisher said: ‘It’s clear after the first full year of operation the system has encouraged a significant change in driver behaviour and I would like to personally thank all the drivers who use this route for considering their driving manner and helping to make the road much safer.’
Steven Feeney, head of the Scottish Safety Camera Programme, said: ‘These findings add to the compelling evidence that average speed cameras help to transform driver behaviour.'
Transport Scotland has championed the use of ASCs on its trunk road network, which appear to have contributed to significant improvement in road safety in the country.
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