The increase in dashcam footage submissions results in a higher number of reckless drivers getting caught.

More than 33,500 videos were sent to the police in England and Wales in the year leading up to November, representing a 30% increase from 2022.
An increasing number of dangerous drivers are being captured on camera and reported to the police by both other drivers and the general public. Over 100,000 video reports have been submitted to UK police forces.
The number of reports filed in 2023 increased by 30% compared to the previous year, with more than 33,500 videos submitted to the police via the National Dash Cam Safety Portal by the end of November.
Approximately 70% of the submissions resulted in police action, ranging from warning letters to penalty points and prosecution.
People in the Midlands and the north seem to be the most enthusiastic adopters of this new reporting method, as about two-thirds of the videos uploaded in 2023 were submitted to the police in the West Midlands, West Mercia, Warwickshire, Northumberland, and South Yorkshire forces.
Most of the footage comes from dashcams, although many cyclists also upload helmet cam footage. This increase in reporting appears to raise public awareness of the potential risks associated with offenses such as speeding or using a mobile phone while driving.
The portal for uploading videos was launched in 2018 by the dashcam company Nextbase, effectively turning drivers into DIY law enforcers. Commonly known as Operation Snap, this system is utilized by the majority of police forces in England and Wales. Although Scotland and Northern Ireland are considering implementing the system, they have not yet done so.
Bryn Brooker, the head of road safety at Nextbase, believes that this widespread adoption is helping to remove dangerous drivers from the roads. He stated, “Over 100,000 uploads to the portal is a significant milestone, but it also underscores the need for technological solutions to enhance road safety.”
According to the latest Department for Transport statistics, an estimated 1,766 people were killed on UK roads in 2022, equating to an average of four to five deaths per day.
Road safety charity Brake welcomes initiatives that encourage the public to support the police in addressing dangerous driving.
Lucy Straker, the campaigns manager at Brake, said, “Today, five people will be killed on our roads, and tomorrow another five won’t make it home to their families. This pattern will continue until we declare ‘enough’ and start taking responsibility for each other’s safety on the road.”
Many cyclists, who experience a disproportionately high casualty rate compared to other road users, have utilized helmet cam footage to expose dangerous driving on social media. Cycling groups strongly support the use of video reporting to the police.
Sarah Mitchell, the chief executive of Cycling UK, declared, “Road crime devastates lives and tears families apart. The public’s eagerness to report these crimes demonstrates the prevalence of dangerous behavior on our roads while also providing invaluable evidence to the police. It is crucial that every police force across the UK utilizes this evidence effectively to make our roads safer for everyone.”

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