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Cameras help cut A9 casualties by 37%

The A9 average speed cameras
The A9 average speed cameras

New figures reveal that the number of people injured in accidents on the A9 has dropped by 37% since average speed cameras were introduced.

An average 142,000 vehicles use the A9 every day and in the past it has enjoyed an unenviable reputation as one of the country’s most dangerous roads.

Improvements have been seen both north and south of Perth, however, with the A9 Safety Group reporting fewer incidents and delays and more reliable journey times over the past two years.

It believes the A9 interim safety plan – introduced while work is undertaken to dual the road in its entirety – has also led to a “significant improvement” in driver behaviour.

The safety group’s chairman, Stuart Wilson, 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.

“The number of overall casualties is down by 37%, journey times are more reliable and this vital route has seen fewer incidents and delays.

“The number of vehicles travelling at excess speed is down by 95% over this two-year period and measured journey times remain consistent and within the original estimated range.

“Figures from Police Scotland also demonstrate that there is a 63% reduction in the number of drivers detected for speeding offences.

“Whilst these figures are encouraging, we will continue to monitor the A9 to further improve the safety of the route.

The A9 Safety Group has said it intends to launch a summer campaign focusing on driver distraction.”

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