Dashcam drivers get snap-happy - The Evesham Observer

Dashcam drivers get snap-happy

Evesham Editorial 29th Aug, 2018   0

WEST Mercia Police and Crime Commissioner John Campion has been welcomed a time-saving approach which improves road safety since July.

Members of the public can now submit footage from dashcams and other devices through a secure online portal, to report a range of driving offences for the police to assess and take action.

The introduction of Operation Snap means that officers no longer have to travel to collect footage, which has reduced the time spent on these investigations from an average of eight hours to just 20 minutes.

Moreover, members of the public no longer have to surrender their devices during the investigation. The footage can also be used to educate other drivers, and encourage them to alter their behaviour.

Around 300 submissions have been received since it was introduced, an average of 10-15 each day.

Commissioner John Campion said: “I made a promise to reform West Mercia Police, by catching up and keeping up with technology, and this is an example.

“This makes it extremely easy for the public to play in active role in reporting offences, and helping to build a clearer picture in order to challenge unacceptable driving and make our roads safer.”

Commenting on the scheme, Supt Paul Moxley for West Mercia Police said: “This initiative will complement thework already being done by police officers on our road network. It allows us to raise awareness that driver’s behaviour can and will be called to account at any time. “

Visit www.nextbase.com/en-gb/national-dash-cam-safety-portal to access the portal.


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