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In 2015 the John Smart Road Safety Award
was presented to the A9 Safety Group for
the introduction of an "Interim Safety Plan."
The A9 is a trunk road that connects central
Scotland with the Highlands. This single/
dual carriageway route stretches 246 miles
from Dunblane to Thurso. During a five year
period, 254 people were killed or seriously
injured. In developing an overall safety strategy for the route, the A9 Safety Group was
established by Transport Scotland and comprised of experienced representatives from
the public and private sectors.
The Group's developed strategy looked across
four key areas designed around improving
driver behavior: 1) communication - a dedicated website was established; 2) engineering
- with improvements related to signing, lining
and visibility; 3) education - a campaign strategy targeting overtaking and speed; and 4)
enforcement - with the introduction of an
average speed camera system.
At a recent meeting of the CIHT Road Safety
Panel in January 2018, Transport Scotland
provided an update on the road safety
focus on the A9. It also reported on the performance of the cameras over the first 30
months of operation, up to 30 April 2017.
This indicated that the number of fatal casu-

The Chartered Institution of Highways & Transportation (CIHT) is the United Kingdom's
leading institution for transportation professionals, with 14,000 members. It works to
promote the importance of the transportation industry to governments and society and
provides routes to professional qualifications, networking opportunities and professional
development events for its members.
ITE and CIHT signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) in 2017 as the basis for
cooperation and collaboration on matters of common interest relating to highways and
transportation. As part of the MOU, CIHT wrote this article for ITE Journal and ITE wrote a
safety article for CIHT's Transportation Professional, as both publications this month
feature a common theme of safety.

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alties between Dunblane and Inverness was
down by more than 40 percent compared to
the baseline average and the number of "fatal
and serious" collisions overall reduced by 32
percent, with fatal and serious casualties
down by almost 36 percent. A significantly
reduced number of vehicles exceeding the
speed limit continues to be sustained.
So what do we see for the future of road
safety, and for future Award entries? I think
we will see two main elements. First, the
industry will continue to show that efforts to
improve safety will continue apace and technology will be fundamental to this. We are

already seeing the application of machine
learning and big data for how we analyze
and interpret road safety and other data
sets that together improve our understanding of behaviors and causation factors. We
also know that vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-infrastructure developments should
bring wider safety improvements. But, the
second element is that we need to remain
focused on road safety and continue to be
led by evidence. We particularly need to
focus on the safety of all road users including
those who work on our highways.
We need a clear strategy and to set realistic
targets to reduce the number of people killed
and injured across our highway networks.
We also need a consistent methodology to
provide evidence to decision makers of the
excellent value for money that road safety
interventions can produce. itej

Transport for London

Rob McCartney, MCIHT is
the head of civil engineering
and the built environment at
TSP Projects, a multi-disciplinary company based in
York, England, that provides consultancy,
design, and engineering services. He chairs
CIHT's Road Safety Panel.
Road safety in action in London, England.
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