Dash cam footage handed to police helps lead to flurry of cases against road users

PUBLISHED: 07:56 23 February 2018 | UPDATED: 07:56 23 February 2018

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Action was taken by Essex Police in 49 cases of dangerous driving after more than 100 videos were submitted during the first month of the ‘Extra Eyes’ campaign, which encouraged road users to send clips showing illegal or dangerous behaviour.

The campaign, launched by Safer Essex Roads Partnership (SERP) in December, encouraged road users to submit footage showing dangerous behaviour on the roads, in a bid to reduce crashes and save lives.

The ‘Extra Eyes’ webpage provides a simple method for cyclists, motorcyclists and drivers to upload footage showing dangerous or illegal behaviour.

Having reviewed the footage, Essex Police contacted the person caught on camera and explained the potential consequences of their actions.

Alternatively, the person may have been offered a driver retraining course or, in serious cases, facd prosecution with the footage used as evidence.

In January, 33 notices of intended prosecutions (NIPs) were sent out for careless driving as a result of footage submitted by the public, while one NIP was issued for dangerous driving.

Eleven road users received a letter from the police warning them about their behaviour.

Seven of the videos showed road traffic collisions and as such were passed on to Essex Police.

SERP hopes that the publicity generated by Extra Eyes will act as a reminder to road users of the need to behave safely and considerately.

Matt Hine, from Essex Police operational tasking unit, said: “We’re very pleased with the initial response from the road using public to Extra Eyes.

“Almost 50 per cent of the video clips we’ve received have led to action against drivers who hopefully will understand that their behaviour could have led to disastrous consequences and will modify their behaviour going forward.

“We’d also like to remind people they can use the Extra Eyes link to provide us with information relating to drink/drug drive offences, or anonymously through Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”

Footage of dangerous driving can be submitted at www.saferessexroads.org/extraeyes.

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