A new report shows that the number of people killed or seriously injured (KSI) has fallen dramatically at sites in Scotland where safety cameras have been deployed.
The report, ‘Key Scottish Safety Camera Programme Statistics, 2010’, shows a 63% reduction in KSIs in the period 2008–10, compared with the three year period prior to camera enforcement.
The report, published by Scotland’s chief statistician on 27 July, reveals that during the pre-enforcement baseline period there was an average of 341 KSIs per year across the camera sites, but this fell to 127 per year for 2008-2010. The figures relate to 164 fixed, 205 mobile and 41 red-light cameras located across Scotland.
Additionally, the total number of personal injury collisions at safety camera sites fell by 47%, from an annual average of 1,105 to 586.
Kathleen Braidwood, road safety officer at RoSPA Scotland, said: “With an average of 10 fewer accidents involving injuries every week at safety camera sites, it is clear that cameras are helping to reduce the misery caused by crashes.
“The use of cameras is part of a comprehensive strategy to prevent speed-related accidents across Scotland, involving many partners and a variety of approaches.
“All road users have a responsibility for helping to make Scotland’s roads safer, and one of the things motorists can do is ensure they always drive according to the conditions and within the speed limit.”