Devon and Cornwall Police have seen more than 1,300 prosecutions over the past two years since the introduction of their new Dash Cams project called Operation Snap. The operation involves members of the public reporting dangerous drivers with video footage courtesy of their dashboard mounted cameras.
In the first 6 months of 2021 alone Devon and Cornwall Police received 779 submissions through Operation Snap, resulting in 408 notices of intended prosecutions and 144 official warnings issued, all through footage given forward by the public.
Operation Snap has been so successful, Devon and Cornwall police have distributed 170 Dash Cams to a number of organisations whose motorists travel the most troublesome roads across the region.
Alison Hernandez, the Police and Crime Commissioner for Devon, Cornwall, and the Isles of Scilly stated, “We have specifically chosen the organisations involved to receive these cameras as they operate vehicles which regularly travel on some of the most problematic roads across the Southwest. This gives us 170 extra pairs of eyes on our roads to capture dangerous drivers and take action against them through Devon and Cornwall Police’s Op Snap initiative.”
Devon and Cornwall are just one of many regions accepting dash cam footage to aid in the prosecution and policing of the UK’s more than 13,670 miles of roads. So the more cameras out there the better policed our roads can be. Dash cam footage has already been used as key evidence in the incarceration of several individuals. The first UK jail sentence handed out off the back of incriminating dash cam footage was in 2015. The dangerous driver wasn’t caught red-handed by police, but instead was only arrested after police were shown dash cam footage from a concerned citizen.
If you are still unsure on the benefits of a Dash Cam please view one of our previous articles “Why you need a Dash Cam in 2021.”
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