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Average Speed system helps to win safety award

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The SPECS3 average speed camera system installed by Vysionics has helped the A9 Safety Group in Scotland win a prestigious road safety award.

It’s won the CIHT John Smart Road Safety Award for a range of interventions along more than 200km of carriageway.  This included the implementation of 50 SPECS3 cameras.

The A9 SPECS3 installation has been in operation since October 2014, and the company says it is already delivering impressive changes to driver behaviour.  It has found that, whilst it is still too early to report on casualty analysis, key performance indicators are already demonstrating that drivers have improved the way they use the route, which should ultimately make it safer.  Examples are:

  • Fewer than 10 tickets per day overall, on traffic volumes of up to 24,000
  • Overall speeding has dropped from 1 in 3 to 1 in 15 journeys
  • Excessive speeding (10mph+ over the limit) is down by 95%
  • Journey time reliability has improved
  • A perceived improvement to enjoyment, satisfaction and safety for drivers
  • 70% of drivers feel safer than before the cameras were installed

The judging panel commented that they were “Impressed with the scale of the measures, which combine a package of engineering, education and communications strategies, and enforcement to address a significant road safety problem on an extensive route”.


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