Highlighting to constituents that the average speed cameras on the A9 go live tomorrow (Tuesday), the Scottish National Party’s Mr Pete Wishart, Member of Parliament for Perth & North Perthshire expressed the hope that the new cameras will be a psitive measure in terms of road safety. Speaking today Mr Wishart said:
“Everyone driving on the A9 should be aware that, as of tomorrow, the average speed cameras on the A9 will be switched on and active.
“We have already seen evidence that the very existence of the cameras – before they were even switched on – has led to a measurable change in driving behaviour and I sincerely hope that will continue now that the cameras are being switched on.
“Since 2008, 74 people have been killed on the A9 between Dunblane and Thurso, including nine last year and seven this year. The target has got to be to bring that down to zero.
“Excessive speed is a major contributor to death on the roads so it is my hope that the introduction of these cameras will result in a reduction in collisions and, of course, fatalities.
“The A9 is a very busy road indeed; an extremely important artery for people getting to, from, around and through my constituency. I want people to be able to make those journeys safely and if these cameras can contribute to improved safety then they will have been well worth while.”