Speed surveys carried out along the average speed camera section of the A90 between Dundee and Stonehaven have shown that 99% vehicles are now complying with the speed limit.
This is a significant improvement when considered against the fact that 60% of vehicles were speeding prior to the cameras’ installation.
Transport Scotland says that additionally, this evidence has also shown that only 1 in every 5000 vehicles are now speeding at more than 10mph over the speed limit. This is also a significant improvement when considered against the fact that 1 out of every 5 vehicles were speeding excessively prior to the installation of ASC.
Transport Minister, Humza Yousaf said, “These findings add to the compelling evidence that average speed cameras help to transform driver behaviour. I’m confident that this encouraging improvement in speed limit compliance along the length of the A90 will help to reduce casualties in the same way as has been achieved with similar average speed cameras on the A77 and A9.
“While the previous strategy of fixed cameras and mobile enforcement saw casualties reduce at a number of camera locations across the route, the £2m investment in average speed cameras on the A90 have had a significant positive impact over the 51.5m stretch of the A90 in a very short period.
“The Scottish Government is committed, through Scotland’s Road Safety Framework to 2020, to achieving safer road travel, reducing the number of serious injuries and working towards an ultimate vision of zero fatalities on our roads. This is another step towards achieving our ambitious vision”
Area Commander for Road Policing North, Chief Inspector Stewart Mackie, said, “I am delighted that the initial results from this project has had such a dramatic effect on driver behaviour, which is what they were intended to do. Reducing excessive speed on this road directly corresponds with reducing the chances of people being injured and killed in road traffic collisions. Police Scotland is committed to achieving the Scottish Government’s 2020 casualty reduction targets, and changing driver behaviour is a major factor in helping us achieve this.”
The system has been delivered by Jenoptik whose director Geoff Collins said, “I am always pleased to see the concrete proof that a well designed average speed system will improve speeds, casualties and traffic flows. The A90 further demonstrates that a SPECS installation can rapidly deliver significant benefits”.