A9 safety stats a relief but no substitute for Dualled Road

Mid-Scotland and Fife MSP, Murdo Fraser, has welcomed stats showing a substantial reduction in accidents and fatalities on the A9 following the introduction of average speed cameras but has cautioned that this programme cannot substitute the benefits of a fully dualled road.

The A9 Safety Group published details comparing accident statistics from the cameras' first three years of operation with 2011-13 figures.

Between Dunblane and Inverness, 10 fewer people have been killed and 96 fewer people injured in accidents.

The comparison also showed that the average number of fatal casualties was down by more than 40%, and there was a 23% fall in the average number of fatal collisions.

Average speed cameras were rolled out at the same time as an increase in HGV speed limits to 50mph.

Commenting Murdo Fraser MSP said;

“These are welcome statistics underlining the improvements being made to safety on what was Scotland’s most dangerous road.

“The installation of average speed cameras combined with an increase in HGV speed limits has made the road safer and reduced driver frustration.

“However, the installation of average speed cameras is no substitute for a fully dualled road. Whilst it is right to celebrate these figures, I would encourage the Scottish Government to make completing the dualled road, before 2025, a priority.”

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