Dash-cam footage helps to secure more Operation Snap convictions
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Some of the more serious motoring offences submitted to Operation Snap
Dash-cam footage submitted to Northamptonshire Police’s Operation Snap has led to the successful conviction of nine motorists who were filmed driving dangerously on the county’s roads.
Footage submitted via the online portal on the Force’s website captured examples of some of the more serious motoring offences witnesses on our roads, including dangerous driving and extreme levels of excessive speeding.
As a result of the evidence recorded by other members of the public, Northampton Magistrates’ Court has handed out a combined total of seven-and-a-half years of driving bans and £2,334 of fines and costs.
Alongside unpaid work and community orders, five of the defendants were ordered to take extended driving tests, while one of the offences was deemed so serious, the driver received a 12-week suspended custodial sentence.
Details of the nine offences were:
• A driver received a 12-week custodial sentence which was suspended for 12 months after being filmed tailgating and overtaking into oncoming traffic on the A509, near Great Harrowden. He was also disqualified from driving for 24-months, issued with a community order as well as ordered to take an extended driving test and pay £213 costs.
• An overtaking manoeuvre on the A5, which forced an oncoming vehicle on to the grass verge, resulted in the HGV driver being disqualified from driving for 24-months. He was also ordered to take an extended driving test, carry out unpaid work and pay £175 costs. He also received a community order.
• The driver of a BMW 3 Series, who was filmed undertaking, brake checking and tailgating another driver on the A14, near Kettering, was disqualified from driving for 12-months, ordered to take an extended driving test and pay £180 costs.
• A driver received five points on his licence and ordered to pay £592 fines and costs after being filmed on the A45 at Wellingborough brake checking, swerving, and driving his Ford Focus excessively slowly to block another driver.
• The driver of a Skoda Octavia was disqualified from driving for 56 days and ordered to pay £239 costs after he drove at 140mph on the A43 Corby by-pass, which is a national (70mph) speed limit road.
• Overtaking and driving in excessive speeds of 64mph in a residential area, resulted in the driver of a BMW M2 being disqualified from driving for 15-months. He was also ordered to take an extended driving test, carry out unpaid work, pay £180 costs and complete a community order
• Cutting across lane 2 on to the off-slip road at junction 8 of the A14, near Kettering, earned the driver of a VW Golf five points on her driving licence and £248 in costs.
• The driver of a BMW 530d, who was recorded overtaking a line of traffic on a bend, forcing an oncoming vehicle to swerve and make an emergency stop to avoid a collision, was disqualified from driving for 15 months. He was also ordered to take an extended driving test, carry out unpaid work and pay £180 costs. He also received a community order.
• Driving down the off-slip road at services to access the M1, resulted in the driver of an Audi A4 receiving four points on his driving licence and ordered to pay £327 in fines and costs.
Northamptonshire Police’s Safer Roads Operations Manager, Matthew O’Connell, said: “As a Force, we continue to be committed to reducing the number of people who are killed or seriously injured on our roads.
“Through the use of Operation Snap, we have thousands of additional pairs of eyes helping us to keep our roads safer and thanks to the public’s support we are able to take action against driving offences we otherwise wouldn’t see.
“All of these cases highlighted some of the most serious motoring offences, which could have easily ended in tragic consequences, and it’s as a direct result of the dash-cam footage that we have been able to secure convictions and remove these dangerous drivers from our roads.”
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, legal proceedings will begin where required.
The team only has 14 days to investigate any offences and members of the public are asked to submit their videos as soon after the incident as possible to allow the maximum time for the footage to be reviewed.
Anyone who submits footage via Operation Snap can find out the outcome of their submission by following the link on their confirmation email which will take them to a monthly update.