SAFETY CAMERAS HELPING TO SAVE LIVES AND MONEY
Wednesday 20 October 2010
Scotland’s Chief Statistician today announced the release of Key Scottish Safety Camera Programme Statistics 2009. This report shows that the average number of people killed or seriously injured at safety camera sites between 2007 and 2009 is 56 per cent lower than the three-year baseline averages recorded since the start of the programme. In comparison, the number of people killed or seriously injured on all of Scotland’s roads between 2007 and 2009 is 38 per cent lower than the 1997-1999 average. This shows that the use of safety cameras is an effective road safety tool, helping to reduce the number of deaths and injuries on Scotland’s roads.
Reported Road Casualties Scotland 2008 reports the estimated average cost of:
an injury accident to be over £96,000
a serious accident to be over £218,000
a fatal accident to be over £1,900,000
By the end of 2009 there were over 400 fewer personal injury accidents and over 170 fewer fatal or serious accidents at safety camera sites per year.
In 2009 the Scottish Government invested £6.5m in the Safety Camera Programme.
The Scottish Safety Camera Programme Director, Jim Dale said: “This statistical report illustrates that the Scottish Safety Camera Programme is delivering excellent value for money. Not only are we helping to save lives but we are also reducing the financial impact of road collisions on the Scottish economy.”
Notes to Editors
The full statistical publication can be accessed at http://www.scotland.gov.uk/Publications/2010/07/16104117/0
The main aims of the Scottish Safety Camera Programme are to:
reduce the number of people killed and injured on the roads
help raise public awareness of the issues and dangers of inappropriate speed