New speed cameras installed

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The East Safety Camera Unit introduced new safety camera locations in Midlothian on Monday (December 5).

The Scottish Safety Camera Programme has recently undertaken a national site selection exercise to identify locations on Scotland’s road network where safety cameras can be deployed with the greatest potential to reduce injury collisions. A shortlist of new sites across Scotland has now identified.

Across Midlothian there will be a mix of new camera types in areas where there has been a concerning number of injury collisions with excessive speed a contributory factor.

The first two sites have been identified on the A768 Lasswade Road, Lasswade and the A6094 Salters Road, Dalkeith. Enforcement will be carried out by mobile camera vans which will regularly be at each of the locations to check the speed of vehicles.

Another three locations are currently under review and will become active in early 2017. Details of all new locations will be will be updated on the website www.safetycameras.gov.scot as they become live.

Andy Jones, East Safety Camera Unit manager, said:“As with all of our safety cameras, road safety and casualty reduction are our primary aims and our ultimate goal is to encourage all drivers to comply with the posted speed limits.

“These first two new locations are being introduced in Midlothian where injury collisions involving speed have been identified. Our mobile units will be deployed at these locations as they provide the flexibility to carry out checks during the times that most incidents occur.

“In addition to the normal speed limit signs, all of our enforcement locations are clearly signposted as you approach them and the mobile units are highly visible. We would hope that drivers will stick to the limit but those who choose to ignore it will be dealt with appropriately.”