Highland MSP and road safety campaigner against average speed cameras
September 26, 2013
Highlands & Islands MSP David Stewart, has said whilst he welcomes any measure to improve road safety, he needs to be convinced of the merits of average speed cameras on the A9.
He has tabled a Motion which he hopes will secure debate within the Parliament.
Speaking this morning he said, ” Road safety is not measured in miles per hour and the Government should remember this.
“The best road safety asset is the driver, because their driving should be based on their ability and what they can and cannot do.
“Average speed cameras on 136 miles of road must be unheard of.
“How can drivers manage the risk themselves if ‘Big Brother’ dictates exactly how fast they can travel over 136 miles.
“Speed cameras never give out educational advice or use discretion which is needed every bit as much as purely prosecuting drivers”.
He continued, “Time over distance cameras (Average speed cameras) are effective in different circumstances, for example:
where roadside workers are at risk on motorways, dual carriageways
and where there is a need to control speed on long stretches of urban road, not 136 miles of road much of which snakes through the hillside.
“This Government is merely knee jerking and avoiding dealing with the real issue which is the bringing forward of the dualling programme”.
He concluded, ”
What the Government are not saying and what they are not evidencing is
the fact that by increasing Police patrols, increasing educational
programmes and advice and by allowing the Police the discretion to deal
with fast and slow drivers as they see fit, reductions in road
collisions on the A9 could also be secured”.