SAFETY CAMERAS TACKLE SPEEDERS IN EAST AYRSHIRE
Three crash locations in East Ayrshire are being added by the Strathclyde Safety Camera Partnership to its list of sites where fixed camera and mobile camera units will be enforcing speed limits over the next year.
The new sites, identified because of their history of fatal or serious injury crashes, will all be enforced regularly by mobile camera units. The locations are on the A76 Auchinleck by-pass, north of the Dettingen roundabout; the A71 west of the Moorfield roundabout and the A71 east of the Moorfield roundabout. The camera units will be operating as a result of consultation with the East Ayrshire roads department, Transport Scotland and traffic management police.
These locations are in addition to the three existing safety camera sites being operated by the Safety Camera Partnership in East Ayrshire – a fixed camera on the A71 in Newmilns and mobile enforcement sites on the A76 at New Cumnock and the A70 at East Tarelgin.
Partnership manager, Gladys Cadden, commented: “We are not out to penalise motorists but we do want to deter drivers from speeding and thereby reduce crashes and casualties. All camera sites are selected on the grounds of road safety and have clear advance signs in place to alert drivers to their presence and to curtail their speed. We also publish all our sites on our website so there is nothing to hide.”
Councillor Bobby McDill, East Ayrshire Council’s Spokesperson for Environment and Regeneration, welcomed the action on speeding, I am delighted that mobile camera units will be tackling speeders in these areas, where there has been widespread concern about road safety. Together with the other works being put in place on our roads, the safety camera vans will highlight to motorists the need to reduce their speed for everyone’s safety.
Chief Inspector Robert Moore, area commander for road policing, added: “The presence of the new safety camera sites will draw the attention of motorists to the fact that speed enforcement does take place. I can also confirm that police patrols using both marked and unmarked vehicles will continue to tackle speeding throughout the area.”