Latest casualty figures related to the the average speed camera scheme on the A9 in Scotland continue to show a reduction in the number of fatal and serious accidents on the stretch of road.
The figures show that the number of fatal casualties between Dunblane and Inverness is down by over 44% compared to the baseline average while there have been no fatal collisions between Dunblane and Perth, and the the number of serious collisions down by almost 40% and serious casualties down by over 27%.
Driver behaviour does seem to have been influenced with the number of vehicles detected by the average speed camera system to be seriously speeding (prompting police action) has averaged eleven per day since the introduction of the cameras, but in the last quarter has dropped to less than eight per day on average.
The journey time variation from the established baseline between Perth and Inverness has remained consistent and within the projected estimated range.
Commenting on the data which includes the casualty figures up to the end of January this year, Stuart Wilson, Chair of the A9 Safety Group, said, “The longer term downward trend for casualty figures on the A9 is being supported by the latest data which considers the casualty figures over the 27 months since the average speed cameras were installed. The number of fatal and serious casualties between Dunblane and Inverness is down by almost 43%. There have been no fatal casualties between Dunblane and Perth and a reduction of almost 40% in fatal casualties between Perth and Inverness during the monitoring period.
“The other performance data continues to support the positive change in driver behaviour on the route and also highlights evidence to show that the journey time for people travelling between Perth and Inverness has remained consistent.
“The Group’s commitment to making the A9 a safer route will also see a specific safety campaign being launched in June which will focus on driver behaviour related to distraction. Evidence from Police Scotland’s crash investigators highlights a concerning trend of distraction being a significant factor as the cause of accidents on the route and the campaign is designed to raise awareness of this issue.”