Speeding Scots targeted in camera crackdown

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THERE ARE more than 500 active speed cameras in Scotland – one for every 10,000 people, new data has revealed.

Police Scotland data revealed under the Freedom of Information Act following a request by road safety campaigners Road Angel, has disclosed the location of every fixed and mobile speed camera north of the border.

The vast majority of the fixed cameras are located in Scotland’s densely populated central belt around the major conurbations of Glasgow and Edinburgh.

But drivers who find themselves exceeding the speed limit on one of Scotland’s many remote country roads could also find themselves landed with a ticket.

There are a total of 518 fixed and mobile speed cameras across Scotland, making one for every 10,529 Scots based on the 2019 population estimate of 5.45m people.

The devices include Britain’s most northern speed camera, a mobile unit operating along the A9 Stainland Straight near Thurso.

The FOI data will be of interest not only to drivers in Scotland but also from tourists across the UK who may be considering a road trip north of Hadrian’s Wall.

Motorists should be aware they may still get caught for speeding wherever they travel to in Scotland, no matter how far remote or populated.

Perhaps unsurprisingly Glasgow has more speed cameras than any other Scottish town or city with 72 in the city area.

Capital city Edinburgh is comparatively camera free with only 34 located in the greater conurbation.

There are 25 speed cameras within a few miles of the border with England, targeting those motorists who hope to put their foot down once entering the country.

The Scottish government claims to deploy the cameras along the stretches of roads which have high levels of collisions and speeding in an attempt to maximise reducing the number of incidents.

If caught speeding by these cameras, drivers should expect to receive a minimum fine of £100 and three penalty points added to their licence.

Gary Digva, founder of Road Angel said: “Speed cameras play a useful role in keeping Britain’s roads safe and it’s interesting to see how they are being deployed in Scotland.

“Our Freedom of Information request revealed that not only are there a high number of speed cameras in the cities and large towns but also that the police in Scotland are committed to the use of mobile speed cameras even on some of the most remote roads in the Highlands.

“Anyone thinking they can get away with speeding in the Highlands and Islands of Scotland needs to think again as the data shows they need to be aware of mobile speed cameras in even the most remote spots.

“Unsurprisingly the two largest cities – Glasgow and Edinburgh – have the highest number of speed cameras out on the roads.

“We strongly advise all motorists across Scotland, be they native Scots or those visiting the country from other parts of the UK, to be mindful of their speed and to not exceed the legal limit.

“It can be tempting to put your foot down on open country roads but drivers should remember that a mobile speed camera may be waiting for them around the next bend.

“If they are photographed driving above the legal limit they risk a hefty fine and points of their driving licence.”

For more information about both fixed and mobile speed cameras across Scotland please visit https://www.roadangelgroup.com/.

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