Speeding on the A9 has been slashed dramatically since the introduction of average speed cameras a month ago, the Scottish Government has revealed.
A spokesman said: “Instances of excessive speeding on the A9 have dropped from around one in 10 to less than one in 700 since the cameras were installed on the A9 and there has been no significant effect on journey times as a result of more people driving within the speed limit.
“Average speed cameras encourage improved driver behaviour and we are very pleased with how drivers are now observing the speed limits on the A9.”
While most drivers have dropped their speed, the number who continue to break the law and have been issued with fixed penalties on the route has yet to be ascertained as figures are still being collated.
Campaigner Mike Burns of Average Speed Cameras Are Not the Answer is adamant the measure remains a costly folly.
He said: “We have had scores of complaints from car drivers of continued poor overtaking and significantly increased journey times, which are resulting in trips between Inverness and Perth taking up to three hours all the more worrying as we are in the quiet A9 season.”