Statistics say safety cameras save lives

SCOTLAND’S Chief Statistician has announced the release of key Scottish safety camera programme statistics for 2010.

This report shows that the average number of people killed or seriously injured at safety camera sites between 2008 and 2010 is 63 per cent lower than the three-year baseline averages recorded since the start of the programme.

The number of people killed or seriously injured on all of Scotland’s roads between 2008 and 2010 is 44 per cent lower than the 1997-1999 average.

This suggests that the use of safety cameras is an effective road safety tool, helping to reduce the number of deaths and injuries on Scotland’s roads.

Reported Road Casualties Scotland 2009 reports the estimated average cost of a injury accident to be over £83,000, a serious accident to be over £208,000, and a fatal accident to be over £1,800,000.

By the end of 2010 there were at least 500 fewer personal injury accidents, including more than 170 fewer fatal or serious accidents at safety camera sites per year.

Anneline Wilson, communications officer for the Tayside Safety Camera Partnership, said: “This statistical bulletin shows that our partnership approach is helping to save lives and is reducing the financial impact of road collisions on the Scottish economy.”