Deaths on Scottish roads fall by 15% in one year as they rise across the non-Scottish parts of the UK. Paxman, Scottish Tories and Danny Alexander still wrong about SNP average speed cameras?

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From Police Scotland on 28th May 2018:

‘The Q4 figures show that the number of deaths on the roads has fallen by 15.1% (from 172 to 146) after education and enforcement work, including safety campaigns highlighting poor driver behaviour. The number of children killed on roads is down 82% from 11 to 2. Since 1995, there has been a 50% fall in road deaths, while traffic levels have increased by 23% over the same period.’

http://www.scotland.police.uk/whats-happening/news/2018/may/police-scotland-publishes-q4-management-information

The full report reveals that nearly all offences relating to motor vehicles have fallen in the last year and, in some cases, by dramatic levels. For example, mobile phone offences have gone down by more than 50% from 6 695 to 3 173 and speeding down by nearly 20% from 34 842 to 29 223.

http://www.scotland.police.uk/assets/pdf/138327/232757/445136/management-info-report-q4?version=1

In sharp contrast, across the UK:

‘The number of people killed on Britain’s roads reached a five-year high last year, new figures show. Some 1,792 deaths were recorded in road traffic accidents in 2016, up 4 per cent on the previous year and the most since 2011. Pedestrian deaths saw the largest year-on-year rise at 10 per cent, followed by car occupants (8 per cent).’

https://metro.co.uk/2017/09/28/number-of-road-deaths-in-britain-hits-five-year-high-6962248/

Could this have anything to do with the Scottish Government’s push for average speed cameras? Back in 2013, the Telegraph reported:

‘Danny Alexander, the Chief Secretary to the Treasury, has delivered a withering attack on the SNP’s decision to install average speed cameras on Scotland’s most dangerous road. Mr Alexander described the plan to fit the controversial cameras along a 136-mile stretch of the A9 between Dunblane and Inverness as “a knee-jerk decision”.’

In January 2017, Jeremy Clarkson, raged against the denial of his freedom to speed, after the installation of the average speed camera system, on Scotland’s most dangerous road, the A9. It was that kind of Toad of Toad Hall, Libertarian / Right-wing thinking Clarkson specialises in. Later, in November that same year, the Scottish Conservative, MSP Liam Kerr, presumably their Boy Racer Spokesman, featured in the Evening Express, questioning their value on the A90, Aberdeen to Dundee:

‘New A90 average speed cameras would not have prevented half of road accidents. New figures left transport chiefs facing fresh questions over their decision to fix the unpopular devices along the A90 Aberdeen to Dundee road. Scottish Conservatives said police data released to the party showed 124 of 272 accidents over the last four years “would not likely have been helped by the money-spinning measure”. North-east MSP Liam Kerr claimed “far more” collisions are happening at junctions, private entrances, and roundabouts than thought, and the vehicles involved were likely to have been “slow-moving and certainly not fast enough to be detected by cameras”.’

https://www.eveningexpress.co.uk/fp/news/local/new-a90-average-speed-cameras-would-not-have-prevented-half-of-road-accidents/

However, On 8th February 2018, strong evidence that the average speed cameras are playing a big part in reducing fatalities on the roads, emerged:

‘A9 deaths halved since average speed cameras installed The number of deaths on the A9 between Dunblane and Inverness has fallen by almost half since average speed cameras were installed. Since the devices were put on place on the route in October 2014, which is the country’s longest trunk road, road safety data shows annual road deaths have declined by 49%. The overall number of all types of casualties has fallen by more than a quarter (28%) while the amount of drivers caught speeding has shrunk by two-thirds (66%).’

https://stv.tv/news/politics/1407954-deaths-on-a9-halved-since-average-speed-cameras-installed/

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4 thoughts on “Deaths on Scottish roads fall by 15% in one year as they rise across the non-Scottish parts of the UK. Paxman, Scottish Tories and Danny Alexander still wrong about SNP average speed cameras?

  1. bigjon999 June 4, 2018 / 10:57 am

    You’ve got to laugh at the tories hamfisted approach to this:
    Quote – “Scottish Conservatives said police data released to the party showed 124 of 272 accidents over the last four years “would not likely have been helped”
    so the Tories are admitting that 148 of the accidents could have been prevented by average speed cameras… are they not interested in the 55% reduction in accidents? or is their need to drive fast cars well over the speed limit too important?
    Toad of Toad Hall and a bloated sense of self-importance are two images I have of Scottish Tories.

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  2. Hazel Godfrey June 5, 2018 / 2:01 pm

    The A9 Road is more comfortable to drive now since the introduction of average speed cameras.

    Liked by 1 person

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