Police in North Wales are asking road users to submit any dashcam footage they have of people driving recklessly in a bid to cut down the number of near-misses in the area.
As part of Operation Snap (or #OpSnap), North Wales Police’s Roads Policing Unit is asking for road users – including car drivers, motorcyclists, horse riders and cyclists – to submit evidence if they feel it could be used as evidence of an offence.
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“North Wales Police recognises that the vast majority of the public want to use the road network to get from A to B safely,” said Chief Inspector Darren Wareing, “and that they don’t wish to tolerate unnecessary risks that some are exposed to by the actions of others.
“Over recent months we have received footage capturing motoring offences including careless and dangerous driving, people on mobile telephones and people being distracted while using their smart devices behind the wheel.”
The force has made it easier for officers to deal with alleged offences caught on dashcams. Witnesses will be sent an email featuring instructions on how to upload footage along with a statement form. Officers will then review the evidence and decide what action is appropriate.
“We recognise that vulnerable road users – including cyclists, motorcyclists and horse riders are now using cameras,” added Wareing.
“We are seeing some awful very close passes and people pulling in and out of junctions putting cyclists in danger. We know that cyclists and horse riders come off worse when they are in collision with a car. Often the car driver has taken an unnecessary risk – or didn’t even see them.
“We will not tolerate this and wish to support all road users, including those who are most vulnerable, to have a safe journey.”
The force says it has already seen people prosecuted using dashcam footage as evidence, and it hopes that Operation Snap will discourage drivers from taking risks.
Last year, a driver in Shropshire was jailed for eight months after footage of him overtaking on a bend and narrowly avoiding a crash was uploaded to Youtube.