Lincolnshire Police seek dashcam evidence from road users in new campaign
Lincolnshire Police are calling upon motorists to submit evidence of poor roadcraft online, in an attempt to combat the number of road users killed or seriously injured in the county.
The online initiative, known as Operation Snap, was launched on Monday, February 1, and encourages riders and drivers to send in footage caught during journeys highlighting examples of inconsiderate driving, failing to wear a seat belt, crossing solid white lines and more.
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Chief Superintendent Nikki Mayo, Head of Central Operations at Lincolnshire Police, said: "In Lincolnshire in 2019 there were 535 people killed or seriously injured in road traffic collisions. A further 52 people lost their lives last year.
"A system to effectively process evidence of road traffic offences and poor driving will assist greatly in dealing with poor driver behaviour that can and does lead to collisions, serious injury and death on the roads of Lincolnshire."
Finally, a chance to submit footage of all those bad drivers, then? Well yes, but you best make sure you practice what you preach, with any poor standards of driving/riding exhibited by the sender also potentially resulting in your own conviction. Likewise, any over enthusiastic riding of your own, captured by others, could land you in hot water.
For those filmed and deemed in breach of the law, potential punishments range from a warning letter, to retraining courses, to a fixed penalty notice and even prosecution through the criminal justice system. Video footage is submitted on the Lincolnshire Police website, however, you must be prepared to attend court to give evidence, should the case go that far.
Police and Crime Commissioner for Lincolnshire, Marc Jones, added: "I believe the key to community safety lies in the police and public working together and this project embodies that approach in the mission to reduce death and injury on the roads."
Upon receiving footage, officers have an obligation to inform the motorist of any offences they have committed, usually within 10 days of the incident. Any footage submitted may also be later used for media, training or publication purposes.
For more information, head to www.lincs.police.uk