Safer Roads Team releases more clips to highlight poor driver behaviour on the county’s roads
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Officers from Northamptonshire Police’s Safer Roads Team have complied a fresh compilation of clips to highlight more examples of poor driver behaviour captured on the county’s roads.
The short video has been created using some of the dash-cam footage which has led to prosecutions, having been recorded by road users and submitted via the Operation Snap portal on the Force’s website.
Between April and June, the Force received 273 Operation Snap video submissions from a total of 210 individual witnesses, resulting in 121 Notice of Intended Prosecution (NIP) letters being sent to registered vehicle owners.
Driving without due care and attention continues to be the most common offence detected with a total of 76 registered owners sent NIP letters as a result of the dash-cam footage submitted.
Other offences caught on camera were failure to comply with traffic lights (26), failure to comply with solid white lines road markings (7), driving a vehicle without reasonable consideration to other road users (4), dangerous driving (3), not being in proper control of a vehicle (1) and dangerous passenger load (1).
Northamptonshire Police’s Safer Roads Operations Manager, Matthew O’Connell, said: “Working with our partners from the Northamptonshire Safer Roads Alliance, we’re committed to reducing the number of people who are killed or seriously injured by improving road safety.
“By sharing examples of poor driver behaviour, we hope to raise awareness of the importance to drive responsibly, legally and in accordance with the conditions as well as encourage everyone to use our roads more safely.
“The success of Operation Snap is down to the continued support from the public. Thanks to the thousands of additional eyes helping us to keep our roads safer, we can take action against driving offences we otherwise wouldn’t see, which can only be a good thing.”
People can report driving offences by uploading video evidence via a simple online portal on the Force website and completing a form, which automatically creates a witness statement to provide a full account of the incident.
Reports are then triaged by trained police staff, who check the footage to ensure it falls within the scheme's remit and contains clear views of an offender’s number plates so they can be identified.
If it matches the Operation Snap criteria, police officers in the Safer Roads Team then examine the footage. If a driving offence is identified, they will then start legal proceedings where required.
The most common reason for a rejected submission is insufficient video evidence to support a prosecution, or video has not been submitted within 14 days of the offence being committed.
Matt added: “Although this service allows people to share evidence with us quickly and easily, it’s important to remember we only have a small timeframe from when the offence is committed to review and investigate any offences.
“We would encourage members of the public to use the service and provide us the footage as soon as possible following the incident to allow as much time as possible to review and investigate any offences.
“It's also important to remember we examine footage for evidence of offences by all parties, so please don't break the law in order to report someone else to us, or you could be in trouble as well.”
Anyone who submits footage via Operation Snap can now find out the outcome of their submission by following the link on their confirmation email which will take them to a published data file updated monthly.
For more information about Operation Snap or to submit video footage, visit the Northamptonshire Police website at www.northants.police.uk/OpSnap