Car insurance: Safety experts want more speed cameras in Scotland

Monday, 04 February 2008

Safety experts have recommended that road casualties could be cut if speed cameras were put in place in the only areas on the Scottish mainland not yet using the yellow boxes, reports the Edinburgh Evening News

East Lothian and Midlothian councils currently have no speed cameras on their roads, apart from a handful on main trunk roads run by Transport Scotland.

Figures published last year showed speed cameras have halved the number of serious collisions on Edinburgh's most dangerous roads.

And local safety experts are campaigning to introduce the cameras to the area. Colin McNeill, Lothian and Borders Safety Camera Partnership manager, told Edinburgh Evening News: "We have shown over time that safety cameras can have a positive road safety benefit."

Drivers caught driving over the speed limit will face an increase in their car insurance premium, along with penalty points and a fine.

Research by Swiftcover last year found that insurance premiums rose by £30 million collectively due to the increase in speeding convictions and the increased number of speed cameras in operation.

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