Drivers have racked up more than 500 offences in a two-month period on a busy North-east road – data from average speed cameras has revealed.
The devices, which cost £2 million, were installed on a 50-mile stretch of road between Stonehaven and Dundee.
New figures, released by Safety Cameras Scotland, showed between October 31 and December last year 536 offences took place, with 170 conditional offers of fixed penalty notices (COFPN) issued. And 16 people were reported to the Procurator Fiscal.
The new system has seen 15 cameras installed on both sides of the carriageway, replacing dozens of fixed speed devices dotted along the route.
Cameras were introduced in a bid to lower the number of deaths on the main stretch of road connecting Aberdeen and Dundee.
Data has also been released for other average speed camera sites in the North-east.
The site has been operational since July 2016 with the limit set to 50mph while work on the Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route (AWPR) takes place.
This figure is down for the same reporting period in 2016 when 266 offences occurred, 180 COFPNs were issued and 55 reports were made to the Procurator Fiscal. At Charleston, there has also been a decline in offences at the average speed camera site with 239 offences, 145 COFPNs and 24 reports between October and December 2017.
The average cameras became operational in January 2017 when 1,351 people were caught, 251 were reported to the courts and 842 people fined.
A 50mph limit set at the roadworks for Stonehaven for the AWPR has seen a small decrease in the number of people caught speeding between the period from April to June 2017 and October to December of the same year. It saw a decrease from 233 offences to 219, while fines were down from 144 to 125 and reports to the Procurator Fiscal fell from 30 to 23.
Recent speed surveys carried out on the Stonehaven to Dundee stretch showed 99 out of 100 motorists were complying with the speed limit. Conducted by Transport Scotland, it also showed only one in every 5,000 vehicles was speeding at more than 10mph over the limit.
The results of the speed surveys was welcomed by Police Scotland, Stonehaven and District Community Council and Transport Minister Humza Yousaf.
Mr Yousaf said: “I’m confident that the encouraging improvement in speed limit compliance along the length of the A90 will help to reduce casualties in the same way as has been achieved with similar average speed cameras on the A77 and A9.
“While the previous strategy of fixed cameras and mobile enforcement saw casualties reduce at a number of camera locations across the route, the £2m investment in average speed cameras on the A90 have had a significant positive impact over the 51.5 mile stretch of the A90 in a very short period.
“The Scottish Government is committed, through Scotland’s Road Safety Framework to 2020, to achieving safer road travel, reducing the number of serious injuries and working towards an ultimate vision of zero fatalities on our roads. This is another step towards achieving our ambitious vision.”