Enforcement

Title: Key Scottish Safety Camera Programme Statistics, 2009

Organisation: The Scottish Government
Date uploaded: 21st October 2010
Date published/launched: October 2010

This bulletin presents key statistics relating to the activity of the Scottish Safety Camera Programme for the 10-year period from the start of 2000 to the end of 2009.

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This bulletin presents key statistics relating to the activity of the Scottish Safety Camera Programme for the 10-year period from the start of 2000 to the end of 2009.

The two main objectives of the Scottish Safety Camera Programme are:

To reduce the number of people killed or injured on Scotland's roads through targeted camera enforcement at sites that meet criteria in force at the time they are established, and;

To engender a culture of speed limit and red traffic signal compliance by providing a visible and effective deterrent 1.

The statistics contained within this bulletin describe:

Accident and casualty numbers at safety camera sites, before and after camera enforcement.

Speeds recorded at safety camera sites, before and after camera enforcement.
The number of people caught exceeding the speed limit, or running red-lights, at safety camera sites.

Public perception of safety cameras.

Summary of findings:

The number of people killed or seriously injured at safety camera sites is 56% lower after camera enforcement. The number of personal injury accidents at safety camera sites is 39% lower after enforcement.

Average speeds, and the number of people exceeding the speed limit at safety camera sites are generally lower following a period of enforcement. Mobile cameras appear to be more effective on roads with higher speed limits, while fixed cameras may be more effective on roads with lower speed limits.

The number of people issued with a fixed penalty after being caught exceeding the speed limit or running a red-light at a safety camera site has reduced by more than half over the past five years.

70% of respondents to the Scottish Crime and Justice Survey 2008-09 agree that safety cameras help discourage dangerous driving and help prevent accidents. 80% think that people should see the use of road safety cameras as a good thing.

For more information contact:
Glen Deakin
T: (0141) 271 3803

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