North Wales Police renews call for dash cam evidence
North Wales Police is to continue running a campaign which asks people to submit video and photographic evidence of motoring offences.
Since its launch in October 2016, Operation Snap (#OpSnap) has seen 58 offences processed – ranging from driving without due care and attention, failing to comply with a red traffic signal and failing to comply with a solid white line.
North Wales Police has released a video (featured) showing a number of submissions and is calling for all road users to continue to submit footage and photos.
Operation Snap was launched in response to the ‘ever increasing’ submissions of video and photographic evidence from people who have witnessed driving offences on roads in North Wales.
The initiative has the backing of the Crown Prosecution Service and is intended to make North Wales’ roads safer for all users.
To support the initiative, North Wales Police has developed a streamlined back-office function to automate the process of accepting footage or photographs.
An email containing instructions showing how to upload footage or photographs is sent to anyone who contacts the police with evidence, together with a statement pro-forma and guidance notes. From there, a police officer reviews the evidence and takes a decision on any action that is appropriate.
North Wales Police Roads Policing Unit says several other UK police forces are interested in the initiative.
Sergeant John Roberts, North Wales Police, said: “We’ve had a really positive response so far and I’d like to thank everyone who has already submitted footage. We’ve also been overwhelmed by the response from colleagues in other police forces who are keen to see this initiative being rolled out in their area.
“We hope that people will feel safer and reassured by our efforts to tackle bad driving across the region. This is all about making the roads safer for all and we hope that Operation Snap deters people from taking any unnecessary risks.
“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."
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