One of the most high profile initiatives of the
A77 Safety Group has been the introduction of the SPECS average speed
The cameras cover a 32mile section of the A77 from Bogend Toll to Ardwell Bay.
on the A77 has been identified as a serious issue by road safety
practitioners and was considered a significant factor in many of the
serious crashes that had occurred on the road in recent years. A
local consultation exercise carried out in mid 2004 by the A77 Safety
Group also revealed that speeding was one of the principal concerns
raised by communities along the road.
Safety Camera Partnership was asked to join the A77 Safety Group in July
2004 and it was hoped that safety cameras would reduce the excessive
speed of some motorists on the A77.
Transport Scotland assisted the Partnership in installing a SPECS
average speed system, which was a first ever for Scottish roads.
system measures the time taken by individual vehicles to pass through
sections of the route and takes a photograph of any that register a
higher average speed than the limit allows.
As with all safety
cameras, the aim of the SPECS camera system is to encourage drivers to
keep within the speed limits and not become speeding offenders in the
first place. Since the system was installed there has been a huge
drop in the numbers of vehicles travelling at excessive speeds.
Comparison of casualty statistics requires several years worth of data
to establish a trend but early indications look encouraging based on the
results available within the first year.