CLLR REGRETS REMOVAL OF SAFETY CAMERAS

Average speed cameras that clocked 1,300 drivers removed from A90

by Lee McCann

The average speed cameras
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Cameras that caught more than 1,300 drivers speeding in nearly two years have been removed.

The temporary average speed cameras on the A90 between Balmedie and Blackdog have been decommissioned this week as works continue on the Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route. The cameras at Blackdog went live in July 2016 with a 50mph limit put in place.

Since they were installed, 1,343 offences were recorded.

The largest number of offences took place during July and September 2016, when 308 offences were noted, while the lowest level was from October to December 2017 when only 47 drivers were caught. Up until March this year there have been 304 reports to the Procurator Fiscal and 807 fixed penalty notices handed to drivers bet-ween Blackdog and Balmedie.

The removal comes after temporary average speed cameras on the A90 between Stonehaven and Charleston were taken down at the beginning of May. A Transport Scotland spokesman said: “The temporary average speed cameras on the A90 between Blackdog and Balmedie were decommissioned at the end of last week, as works to complete this section of the Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route/Balmedie-Tipperty project progress.

“The permanent average speed camera system on the A90 between Dundee and Stonehaven will remain.”

Mid Formartine councillor Paul Johnston said he would have liked to see the cameras become permanent.

He said: “My view is that, especially since people won’t know the new road as well, there is always going to be an issue with speeding.

“I think average speed cameras help reduce accidents, change driver behaviour and really do help safety on the road.

“In that area and especially at Balmedie we still have issues with pedestrians trying to cross that busy route.

“While I have welcomed the average speed cameras when they were introduced temporarily at the time, I would have liked to see them stay as I think they would go a long way in helping road safety in the area.”

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