New fixed camera to go live on A803 Camelon Road, Falkirk
A new Home Office type approved vector spot speed camera will be operational from Monday 12 September 2022 as part of a £400,000 investment through the Scottish Safety Camera Programme in new safety camera technology across the country. The camera is situated on A803 Camelon Road, Arnothill, Falkirk and has the ability to detect vehicles travelling in both directions.
The deployment of a safety camera at this location aims to improve driver behaviour and enhance the levels of speed limit compliance. The evidence from fixed safety cameras deployed elsewhere across Scotland shows that this camera technology can help to reduce the number of people killed or seriously injured on similar roads.
As a result of the annual site selection process which assesses all roads across Scotland, Camelon Road was identified as a site that would benefit from safety camera enforcement, with 4 serious collisions occurring over a four year period. Speed surveys also found that 70% of motorists were travelling above the 30mph speed limit.
Chief Inspector Andy Gibb, Police Scotland Road Policing, said of the addition:
“Safety cameras are deployed where there is a history of injury collisions and an identified issue with speed. Every year the Safety Camera Units undertake site selection along with roads authorities to identify a list of new sites that meet the collision and speed profile criteria, as well as determining the most appropriate type of camera for enforcement."
“As a result it was decided that a fixed camera would be the most appropriate option on Camelon Road as it has the advantage of being able to enforce 24 hours a day. The camera should remind drivers of the importance of travelling within the speed limit at all times and will ultimately result in improved speed limit compliance and a reduction in collisions.”
Michael Grant, East Safety Camera Unit “Camelon Road is the main arterial route in to Falkirk with an average of 16,000 vehicles using this road per day. Collision data and speed profiles were concerning and showed that a permanent deterrent was required to improve driver behaviour and create a safer road. It is hoped lower speeds will also encourage more active travel.”
Geoff Collins, Deputy Managing Director, Jenoptik UK (the safety camera supplier), said: “Jenoptik has a long history of supporting casualty reduction schemes across Scotland, through the provision of SPECS average speed cameras. These new VECTOR SR spot speed cameras build on this experience, providing Police Scotland with the very latest in enforcement technology. We look forward to making these sites safer for residents and road users alike.”