A90 average speed cameras transform driver behaviour
There has been a significant improvement in driver behaviour and speed limit compliance since average speed cameras (ASC) became operational on the A90 on 31 October 2017.
Speed surveys carried out along the ASC section of the A90 between Dundee and Stonehaven have shown that 99 out of every 100 vehicles are now complying with the speed limit. This is a significant improvement when considered against the fact that 3 out of every 5 vehicles were speeding prior to the installation of ASC.
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."
Tealing Community Council said:
“We welcome these early indications of the impact of the average speed cameras on the A90. The reduction in speed on the stretch through the village is noticeable and is an important factor in helping to reduce the number of collisions on this route."
Stonehaven District and Community Council said:
“It is encouraging to see a significant improvement in speed limit compliance. The A90 is a vital route for our community and we are hopeful that the average speed system will keep those who live, work and travel to Stonehaven, safer on the road."