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A9 Speed Cameras Reduce Offences

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A series of cameras set up on the A9 in Scotland to check motorists’ average speeds, are being hailed a success by politicians, although there is still controversy over their presence on what is one of the most dangerous roads in the UK.

The Telegraph reports that in the first three months of the cameras’ operation, the number of drivers who are exceeding the speed limit on the A9 by 10mph or more has been reduced by 97 per cent.

More people are being penalised for breaking the speed limit on the A9 since the cameras were rolled out, although Police Scotland spokesperson, Iain Murray, said that speed was not the only factor in the incidents which occur on the road.

The downside of the cameras seems to be an increase in average journey times between Inverness and Perth, with motorists facing delays of up to 17 minutes compared with previous averages. However, politicians claim that this is not an accurate reflection of the cameras’ impact, since roadworks have been partly to blame for slower journeys on this stretch of the road in recent months.

The £3 million project to install speed cameras on the A9 was originally criticised by some in the government, including Chief Secretary to the Treasury, Danny Alexander. He claimed that drivers would be put off using the road and would, instead, turn to smaller, unmonitored byways that run parallel with it.

A report from Transport Scotland, in which the statistics for longer journey times and lower instances of the speed limit being exceeded were published, also found that Mr Alexander’s predictions have not come to light. Motorists are still using the A9 in similar numbers as they were before the cameras were installed, but are simply more likely to stick to the limit.

The deadly nature of the A9 is the key reason for the introduction of an average speed check. And in particular, it is the parts of the road that are scaled down to a single carriageway setup that have proven to be most problematic in the past few years.

Many of these narrow sections are planned to be widened, but it will be 10 years before the work is completed. In the meantime, safety campaigners hope that the speed cameras will keep drivers in check and reduce the number of fatalities that are recorded on the road.

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