ISSUED ON BEHALF OF THE A9 SAFETY GROUP - Latest performance data for A9 speed camera system published

Commenting on the release of data for quarter three , a spokesperson for the A9 Safety Group said:

“These most recent figures continue to demonstrate that driver behaviour on the A9 between Dunblane and Inverness has significantly improved since the introduction of average speed cameras. This technology continues to be the most effective measure in terms of ensuring compliance with the speed limit, with the A9 system delivering compliance levels in excess of 99.96 per cent. Despite rising traffic volumes the recorded number of incidents has continued to drop as well as the impact of these incidents in respect to closures and restrictions on the route. This has resulted in improved journey time reliability between Dunblane and Inverness.

“This is the first set of data to include casualty figures, these cover the period from October 2014 to March of this year. When compared to the average for the same period between 2011-2013, the number of fatal and serious casualties between Dunblane and Inverness is down by 50 per cent. There have also been substantial reductions in the number of injury accidents and the number of casualties overall. Whilst these figures are encouraging, we will continue to monitor the route over the coming months and years to build upon these early results.

“We continue to be concerned about the number of fatal accidents on the A9 and we are working to further improve the safety of the route, as we do across Scotland. The A9 Safety Group have been proactive in running safer driving campaigns for the A9, focusing on driver behaviour issues, including speed limit awareness, and we have also endorsed the Scotland wide “driver fatigue” campaign to highlight the risks that driving when tired may present to users of the A9.”

Published 27 Jul 2015 Tags