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Scotland’s first urban average speed scheme goes live

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Scotland’s first average speed camera system has gone live in Edinburgh, aimed at reducing the number of serious injuries on a stretch of road which has seen six KSIs in three years.

The Herald Scotland reports that the system, in Old Dalkeith Road, has been installed after surveys indicated a high proportion of vehicles drive above the speed limit along the road.

Police Scotland told the newspaper that its experience of average speed cameras on the A77 and A9 (pictured) shows safety improvements, and they expect the same in the city.

Inspector Vinnie Fisher told the paper, “Having identified a high casualty rate on Old Dalkeith Road, Edinburgh and having ruled out other potential remedial measures, we considered all the tactical options available to combat the excessive speed on the road.

“Following on from the installation and a period of testing, the system will go live on Monday, September 4 and we are confident it will have a noticeable effect on driver behaviour and the speeds of vehicles on this stretch of road with a resultant reduction in casualties.”

 
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