Dangerous drivers prosecuted using dash cam footage

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A campaign to highlight dangerous driving, which launched in October last year, has already resulted in 58 driving offences being caught on camera by the public.

North Wales Police began Operation Snap in response to the increasing number of videos and photos they were receiving from people who had witnessed motoring offences on the roads of north Wales.

The crimes they've caught people committing so far range from driving without due care and attention, to failing to stop at a red light, and ignoring a solid white line.

Police say other UK police forces are interested in rolling out a similar scheme.

We’ve had a really positive response so far and I’d like to thank everyone who has already submitted footage. We’ve also been overwhelmed by the response from colleagues in other police forces who are keen to see this initiative being rolled out in their area. We hope that people will feel safer and reassured by our efforts to tackle bad driving across the region. This is all about making the roads safer for all and we hope that Operation Snap deters people from taking any unnecessary risks.

Sergeant John Roberts, North Wales Police
Police hope people will think twice about taking risks if there's a chance they might be filmed Credit: PA Images

As well as encouraging drivers to report incidents they catch on dash cams, officers are also appealing to other road users, such as horse riders, cyclists and motorcyclists, to send in any footage they have too.

Police say they are "seeing some awful very close passes and people pulling in and out of junctions putting horse riders, cyclists and motorcyclists in danger. Often the car driver has taken an unnecessary risk – or didn’t even see them."

Road rage incidents are also being prosecuted via this form of reporting.

If people know there is a much bigger chance of being prosecuted and risk losing their licence then maybe they’ll think twice about not making that call, not answering that text, not update their status or stick a “like” to a dancing kitten whilst driving. It would be prudent for drivers who are considering committing a traffic offences or road rage act to take a moment to think whether or not their actions could be recorded on video.

Sergeant John Roberts, North Wales Police

Members of the public are being encouraged to send in their footage by completing a new online form.