Average Speed Cameras Could Make BC's Roads Safer
Average speed cameras that track speed over a section of road have dramatically reduced fatal and serious crashes in Scotland. A much better idea than capping minor injury that would save lives and reduce ICBC's costs.
Average speed cameras track the speed of a motorist at multiple stations over a stretch of road or highway. A car can enter or exit anywhere along the route and, upon exiting, the average speed of the vehicle travelled is calculated and compared to the speed limit. Drivers who go over are automatically ticketed.
It's a system that Scotland has had in place since 2005. "The impact of them is really quite incredible," said Humza Yousaf, Scotland's minister for transport. "People in Scotland now very much accept that they work."
Yousaf says that numbers of speeding incidents have dropped dramatically. "When we had them on the A77 [highway] back in 2005, fatal and serious casualties dropped by 74 per cent within a really short period of time," he said "But the real interesting one is the route that we've just done in October 2017 of last year. The first few months of data previous to the cameras, three in five vehicles were speeding. Now it's one in 100 vehicles."
From Transport Scotland:
Additionally, this evidence has also shown that only 1 in every 5000 vehicles are now speeding at more than 10mph over the speed limit. This is also a significant improvement when considered against the fact that 1 out of every 5 vehicles were speeding excessively prior to the installation of ASC.
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