Edinburgh speeding: Council to look at trialling traffic lights which turn red when motorists are speeding
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The idea is that drivers would slow down because they knew that exceeding the speed limit would only mean they were delayed at the next lights. The system already operates in some other European countries, including Spain and the Netherlands, as well as some american cities. And Transport Scotland has a trial operating on the A75 near Dumfries.
Now Edinburgh’s transport and environment committee has asked for a report on the feasibility and cost of trialling the technology in a bid to reduce traffic speeds in the Capital. The idea was proposed by Lib Dem Forth councillor Sanne Dijkstra-Downie, who said London and Swindon had also run trials of the speed-sensitive traffic signals which turn red when a speeding car approaches, or alternatively are red by default and only change to green when approaching drivers observe the speed limit.
She said: “What that means is that drivers learn that on a certain route, if they adhere to the speed limit they're going to get a clear run. Of course you would make sure there is always a safe distance to stop when the light does change. This technology is already in use in a number of countries.
“This is not about annoying or frustrating motorists, this is rewarding good driver behaviour – and dedicated signs can help make drivers aware. Speed limits are there for a reason – they are there to keep everyone safe, but they can only work when the limits are adhered to. This is about making our roads safe for everyone.”
Labour’s transport convener Scott Arthur welcomed the proposal and SNP councillor Danny Aston said it was “a great idea”. The committee is due to receive the feasibility and cost report in arch next year.