Lincolnshire Police launches dash cam portal under Operation Snap for people to submit evidence of bad driving
Lincolnshire Police has launched a campaign encouraging people to submit evidence of bad driving.
Today (February 1), Lincolnshire Police has launched an online portal as part of Operation Snap where people can upload dash cam footage of suspected driving offences.
Working with the Lincolnshire Road Safety Partnership, the force has introduced the technology to provide a safer driving environment for all road users.
Footage which people are encouraged to submit includes evidence of dangerous, careless or inconsiderate driving, drivers failing to wear seat belts, failing to stop at a red traffic light, crossing solid white lines, not being in proper control or dangerous loads.
The footage, which can be submitted via the Lincolnshire Police website, will be reviewed by police and the contents considered.
Chief superintendent Nikki Mayo, head of central operations, 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.
“Submissions will be reviewed by a police officer or authorised person and provided that certain criteria are met we have a number of options available to us, ranging from a warning letter, a national driver offender retraining scheme course, a fixed penalty notice and where appropriate prosecution through the criminal justice system."
For police to use the footage it must be good quality and clearly show the alleged offence. Anyone submitting footage will also be required to complete an online statement and be prepared to attend court should that be necessary further down the line.
Marc Jones, police and crime commissioner for Lincolnshire, said: “The idea for this project emerged from the road safety summit I organised and I am delighted it is now being put into full operation.
“It is tragic that so many of our residents, both young and old, are losing their lives on the roads of Lincolnshire and we should be exploring every possible approach to tackle this issue.
"The launch of Operation Snap, in addition to the dedicated roads policing team planned for this year, demonstrate the commitment to addressing road safety.
“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."