Yousaf looks to save more lives with A90 average speed cameras

The average speed camera system on the A90 between Dundee and Stonehaven went live on Tuesday (31 October).

The system comprises 30 sites across the 83km stretch of the A90, with cameras 15 cameras operating in each direction, located 5-7km apart.

Transport minister Humza Yousaf said: ‘I have confidence that the system will help save lives. The evidence from other average speed systems across Scotland continues to demonstrate the various benefits these cameras will bring to drivers.

‘I am aware that more than three in every five vehicles between Dundee and Stonehaven are speeding, with one in five exceeding by over 10mph. While the previous strategy of fixed cameras and mobile enforcement saw casualties reduce at a number of camera locations across the route, average speed cameras will help to make the A90 safer for all road users.

‘The Scottish Government is committed, through Scotland’s Road Safety Framework to 2020, to achieving safer road travel and working towards an ultimate vision of zero fatalities and reducing the number of serious injuries on our roads.

‘Six people have lost their life on the A90 between Dundee and Stonehaven since 2014. Any death on our roads is one too many, and I look forward to seeing similar results on the A90 as we’ve seen on the A77 and A9 in reducing casualties and improving driver behaviour.’

Construction of the system began in May. It has cost approximately £2m, which includes the design process, engineering and installation.

Safety Cameras Scotland said benefits following the installation of average speed cameras include fewer people being killed or seriously injured, more reliable journey times and improved driver behaviour.

The A90 is a key part of Scotland’s trunk road network, connecting the Central Belt and the North East of Scotland. Around 23,000 vehicles use the road every day – a mix of commuter, freight and agricultural traffic.

 

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