New police dash cam website launched
A new not-for-profit National Dash Cam Safety Portal has been launched by manufacturer Nextbase to help supply dash cam footage to police forces.
Approximately 2.6 million of the UK’s road users has a dash cam and dash cam footage has helped police bring many prosecutions for dangerous driving or speeding, but the processes for members of the public to submit evidence to the police have usually been slow and complicated. The UK’s 39 police forces all used different procedures for accepting dash cam footage, ranging from footage being sent by direct social media message to being sent in the post. The result has been frequent delays or even footage being lost in the post.
The new website, which is already being used by 19 police forces, is intended to speed up and simplify the process. A questionnaire is used to assemble a formal witness statement, sparing the need for an official police interview to achieve the same thing, and the whole process can be completed in minutes.
Joshua Harris, the Director of Campaigns at road safety charity BRAKE, said: “This is a fantastic initiative which couldn’t be more timely. The increasing popularity of dash cams is a huge positive for road safety. However, with more drivers than ever seeking to report illegal behaviour, the burden on the police has increased. This portal is an elegant solution which enables the police to process this vital data without wasting their scarce resources. We fully support this initiative and urge its swift adoption across the UK.”
The website, which is free to use, can be found here.
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