New cameras to cut road deaths

More than £775,000 has been invested in a new speed camera system in Scotland to cut deaths at accident hot-spots.

Aug 11, 2005
By David Howell
NFRN national president Narinder Randhawa

More than £775,000 has been invested in a new speed camera system in Scotland to cut deaths at accident hot-spots.

The A77 between Ayr and Girvan is one of Scotland’s accident black spots with 15 fatalities and 314 accidents between 1999 and 2004. In an effort to reduce these figures, a new initiative that consists of 40 banks of cameras between Bogend Toll – north of Ayr, to Ardwell – south of Girvan has been installed.

The system will calculate the average speed of any car travelling along the 28 mile stretch of road. Unlike traditional speed cameras that track the speed of a car as it passes a single camera, the new system calculates the speed of a car as it passes between each of the camera sites along the stretch of road. Dubbed SPECS (The Speed Enforcement Camera System) it is the largest installation of its type in the UK. The cameras have been nicknamed ‘yellow vultures’ by motorists in the England where the cameras have been installed.

“The primary aim of the safety cameras is to influence driver behaviour and to improve safety along the route,” Neil Macgillivray of the Strathclyde Speed Camera Partnership said during an interview with the BBC.

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