Positive Start at Mill Street, Rutherglen
Average speed cameras at Mill Street in Rutherglen have been operational since Wednesday the 19th of September 2018. The primary aim of these cameras is to reduce injury collisions - of which there had been nine in recent years - while it is too early to assess if the cameras have been successful in this regard, we are pleased to report that initial figures suggest a marked improvement in driver behaviour.
Average speed cameras are part of a range of safety camera technology which aims to reduce casualties on Scotland's roads by providing a visible and effective deterrent. We know these cameras are effective at doing so because we have seen huge improvements on the existing stretches of road that these cameras cover. Take the A77 for example where fatal and serious casualties reduced by 56%. Or the A90, where prior to the cameras being installed, 3-in-5 vehicles were speeding, now it's 1-in-100.
On Mill Street in Rutherglen, we have already found some significant improvements despite the cameras only being in place for a matter of weeks. One of the most promising figures is the continued lowering of offences on a month to month basis. If we compare the first full month (October 2018) with last month (January 2019) then we can see a 64% reduction in the number of people being detected speeding. We expect to see speeds and offences go down but another added benefit of average speed cameras is their ability to improve journey times and despite Mill Street only being a 1km site, we have seen this. Due to the consistent (lower) speeds traffic flow has improved and we have seen an improved journey time of 10-15 seconds over this short distance.
West Safety Camera Unit Manager, Alan Thomson, said:
"We'd like to thank the majority of motorists who are already driving within the speed limit on Mill Street, they are making the road safer and benefiting from an improved journey time. However, more can be done. We'd like to see our offence numbers drop further and for there to be no collisions or injuries on this road. Only time will tell if that will be the case but certainly our initial findings are extremely positive."