All four police forces in Wales are to start using dashcam footage recorded by the public to investigate driving offences following a successful pilot scheme by North Wales Police.
The BBC reports that Operation Snap started last October in north Wales, encouraging drivers to upload evidence to the police website and that the force has so far dealt with 129 cases as a result of footage submitted.
The report quotes Insp Dave Cust, of North Wales Police Roads Policing Unit, saying Operation Snap had saved police about 12 hours’ work per case, as investigating an allegation of bad driving could take up a lot of resources and that footage could be used to prove innocence as well as guilt, “There was a woman who went through a green light and hit a car. Two members of the public said she went through a red light and she was going too fast. The camera proved differently.”
The BBC also says that footage has to be unedited and include the whole journey, not just the incident. Members of the public are also told not to post it on social media, or to remove it if it has already been posted.
(Picture – BBC report using footage uploaded to North Wales Police and released)