Dashcam footage used to tackle driving offences

Dashcam footage used to tackle driving offences

by Henry James (July 2022)

MORE than 1,400 dashcam clips have been sent to Lancashire Police since the end of last year, with officers able to ‘take positive action’ in 58% of the cases.

The force is continuing to tackle anti-social driving offences through Operation Snap, which is a streamlined and secure online portal where members of the public can upload digital footage of suspected traffic offences which they have witnessed.

By using a dashcam, (like the one pictured above, right) people can capture the moment driving offences are committed.

Since its launch towards the end of last year, more than 1,400 submissions have been made by the county’s road users as Lancashire Police and the public work in tandem.

Using that footage, Lancashire Police say it has been able to take “positive action” in 58% of cases.

Potential evidence of dangerous driving, driving without due care and attention, careless driving, using a mobile phone when driving, not wearing a seatbelt, going through red lights and crossing solid white lines in the road, are just some of the instances recorded.

Superintendent Mark Morley of Lancashire Police’s Tactical Operations Division, said: “This is an innovative approach to keeping our streets safe.

“Lancashire Police have worked very hard to set up Operation Snap to allow people to report offences of anti-social driving.

“There is new and more widely used dashcam technology available which can be used to support, educate and in some cases prosecute people who commit offences on our roads.

“This is utilising the eyes and ears of the public and we have seen a significant increase in reports from the public via Operation Snap.

“We appeal to everybody to drive safely and be considerate to other road users.”

Andrew Snowden, Lancashire's Police and Crime Commissioner said: “I’m really pleased to see the successful rollout of Operation Snap continuing to make our roads safer and see those breaking the law and putting others in danger, rightly punished.

“We are seeing many dangerous drivers receiving sanctions from official warnings all the way through to court summons, thanks to submissions through Operation Snap.

“It shows the public want to see those driving at high speeds, anti-socially or carelessly with no regard for others stopped and challenged.”

People can submit footage at https://unitedkingdom1cpp-portal.digital-policing.co.uk/lancashire/appeal/public-dashcam-submission

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