Posted: Mon 17th Oct 2016

North Wales Police set to prosecute reckless drivers using sent-in ‘dashcam’ evidence – #OpSnap

News and Info from Deeside, Flintshire, North Wales
This article is old - Published: Monday, Oct 17th, 2016

Reckless drivers using north Wales roads could be prosecuted through ‘dash cam’ evidence sent in by members of the public.

A new initiative launched today, Monday 17 October by North Wales Police called ‘Operation Snap” is in response to the huge increase in dash cam videos and photographs sent to them by members of the public.

Police are now encouraging the public to send in footage of dodgy driving where offences may have been committed using a newly-devised online form.

[miptheme_quote author=”Chief Inspector Darren Wareing” style=”boxquote text-left”]We are seeing some awful very close passes and people pulling in and out of junctions putting cyclists in danger. We know that cyclists and horse riders come off worse when they are in collision with a car. Often the car driver has taken an unnecessary risk – or didn’t even see them! We will not tolerate this and wish to support all road users, including those who are most vulnerable, to have a safe journey.”[/miptheme_quote]

The force has developed a new system to automate the process of accepting footage or photographs aimed at taking advantage of the massive rise in video equipment now fitted in cars, vans and lorries.

Operation Snap has the full support of North Wales Police and the Crown Prosecution Service who all have one single aim – to make journeys on the roads of North Wales safer.

Chief Inspector Darren Wareing from North Wales Police’ Roads Policing Unit said:

“If you have footage from a dash cam, your pedal cycle cam or any other source that you feel supports you as a witness to an alleged motoring offence, we want to hear from you.

“North Wales Police recognises that the vast majority of the public want to use the road network to get from A to B safely; and that they don’t wish to tolerate unnecessary risks that some are exposed to by the actions of others.

“Over recent months we have received footage capturing motoring offences including careless and dangerous driving, people on mobile telephones and people being distracted whilst using their smart devices behind the wheel.

Justin Espie of the Crown Prosecution Service Cymru-Wales, said:

“The Crown Prosecution Service is committed to working with North Wales Police to bring about improvements to the criminal justice process. Operation Snap builds on the already positive working relationship between police and prosecutors in North Wales.

“Good policing has always been reliant upon the support of the public, so any scheme that allows the public to submit quality evidence quickly and easily is worthy of support.

“The scheme takes advantage of the increased use and availability of dash cam footage, allowing the public to participate directly in improving road safety. For the most part, minor incidents will result in driver education courses, thereby updating and improving driver skills. In more serious cases, video footage is often the best evidence available to help secure a conviction.”

How It Works.

Once contact has been made with police an email containing instructions of how to upload any footage or photographs will be sent.

A statement pro-forma will also be attached together with a guide.

A Police Officer will then review the evidence and take a decision on any action that is appropriate.

North Wales Police Website


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