In October 2014, the A9 average speed cameras started working much to the consternation of many residents of local communities up and down the length of the road. Now with figures in for almost 2 complete years, what differences has it made?
As one of those residents who was driving the A9 to Inverness on a weekly basis at the time of the cameras being put in place, I must admit I was horrified at the idea. I had my journey times planned with of course the standard delays built in for lorries and tourist buses. That I could be stuck behind a lorry doing 40mph for so many miles was a horrifying thought.
It was with no small measure of relief that I heard the speed limit for HGVs was to be lifted to 50mph. Still not great but way better than the alternative.
Most of my driving once the cameras went live has in reality been on the Dunblane to Perth stretch. Being in Glasgow a couple of days a week means I get to drive in the grip of the A9 average speed cameras on a weekly basis. This has not been as difficult as I had initially imagined it would be.
In fact, I am now so used to the engine tone of my car doing 70mph that even when I am on roads not so robustly checked for speeding I find myself sitting comfortably at that speed.
So, what do the figures say?
Casualties on the Dunblane to Perth section are down by 30.3%
Collisions on the Dunblane to Perth section are down by 32.5%
Overall number of casualties is down by 45% which is a huge figure and very welcome to anyone driving the A9.
Number of drivers detected speeding – down by 63%
Have the A9 average speed cameras worked? Yes, they have, just look at the graph attached to this article and see the reduction in speeds in graph form, it’s an amazing change and it’s saving lives.