Speed cameras on Old Dalkeith Road have been a success, say police

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Scotland’s first urban Average Speed Camera has helped transform driver behaviour since it went live on Edinburgh’s Old Dalkeith Road a year ago today, police say.

The £113,000 system was introduced to improve road safety on the route, reduce the number of collisions and encourage motorists to drive within the speed limit.

An Average Speed Camera system was installed on Old Dalkeith Road lsat year. Picture: Lisa Ferguson

An Average Speed Camera system was installed on Old Dalkeith Road lsat year. Picture: Lisa Ferguson

Before it was installed, three out of every five vehicles on the road were speeding, but now there is an average of only two offences per day.

And there have been no injury collisions reported on the stretch of Old Dalkeith Road covered by the camera.

Inspector Vincent Fisher said: “Average Speed Camera systems have a proven record in reducing speeding and improving road safety. It was hoped the first installation of such a system in an urban environment would deliver the same results.

“It’s clear after the first full year of operation the system has encouraged a significant change in driver behaviour and I would like to personally thank all the drivers who use this route for considering their driving manner and helping to make the road much safer.”