Safety cameras cut fatalities

SAFETY cameras are continuing to reduce the number of deaths on Scotland’s roads.

But there has been a warning that some drivers are still ignoring the speed limit at 40, 50 and 60mph locations.

Latest figures on safety camera statistics have been issued by Scotland’s Chief Statistician in Key Scottish Safety Camera Programme Statistics 2011.

It shows the number of fatalities or serious injuries at camera sites is on average 68% lower in comparison to the 2009-11 average - down from 337 to 108 per year.

Collisions involving personal injury have decreased as an average from 1,054 to 547 at these sites - a reduction of 48%.

The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) welcomed the reduction.

RoSPA Scotland road safety officer, Kathleen Braidwood, said: “The use of cameras is part of a comprehensive strategy to prevent road accidents across Scotland, and we welcome the publication of figures that show reductions in the number of people killed or seriously injured at camera sites.

“However, it is really disappointing that there has been a percentage increase in vehicles exceeding the speed limit at 40, 50 and 60mph fixed camera sites, particularly because in Scotland we have so many rural roads that carry these speed limits.”

“We know that three out of four road fatalities happen on rural roads.

“In Scotland, we really need to think about how we are driving on these roads, taking into account the constantly changing environment and what an appropriate speed is for rural roads.”

The North East Safety Camera Partnership (NESCAMP) manager, Graham Shanks, commented: “These figures show that the highly visible deterrent effect of safety cameras continues to make a crucial contribution to improving driving behaviour.

“The report also highlights that four out of five people in Scotland support the use of safety cameras in helping to make our roads safer.”