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Average speed enforcement goes live in Edinburgh

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Scotland’s first average speed camera system on a local road went live in Edinburgh on Monday. The system, which has undergone a period of testing since its installation in May, has been introduced on Old Dalkeith Road to improve safety, reduce the number of road casualties and encourage speed compliance.

During the years 2013-15 there were six injury collisions on this stretch of road, including three resulting in serious injury or fatality. Speed surveys have also identified a high proportion of vehicles travelling above the limit.

The system was commissioned by Safety Cameras Scotland, which took experience from the A77 and the A9 where significant road safety improvements have been delivered by average speed cameras. Similar outcomes are expected for the scheme on Old Dalkeith Road.

The group’s East Safety Camera Unit manager, Inspector Vinnie Fisher, said: “Following analysis and discussions with colleagues in City of Edinburgh Council and the Scottish Safety Camera Programme Office, it was agreed an average speed camera system would be the most effective intervention in making the road safer for everyone using the route.

“We are confident it will have a noticeable effect on driver behaviour and the speeds of vehicles on this stretch of road with a resultant reduction in casualties.”

Edinburgh City Council transport convener Councillor Lesley Macinnes said: “Speeding has been a major issue on this stretch of Old Dalkeith Road in particular, with several collisions and sadly one fatal crash.

“We fully support Safety Cameras Scotland’s decision to install safety cameras here. We would remind all road users to watch their speed at all times wherever they’re travelling, to keep themselves and others safe.”