All four police forces in Wales are to start using dashcam footage submitted by the public to investigate driving offences, following a pilot scheme by North Wales Police. (BBC News)
Operation Snap was launched in north Wales last October, in response to an increase in the amount of video and photographic evidence submitted by people who have witnessed driving offences.
South Wales Police followed suit in April, saying that the initiative would provide a ‘safe alternative way’ to share footage of offences.
Since October, North Wales Police says it has dealt with 129 cases as a result of footage submitted.
Insp Dave Cust, of North Wales Police Roads Policing Unit, said Operation Snap has saved police about 12 hours’ work per case.
Insp Cust added footage could be used to prove innocence as well as guilt. He told BBC News: “There was a woman who went through a green light and hit a car. Two members of the public said she went through a red light and she was going too fast. The camera proved differently.
"It’s proper, reliable evidence."
Footage has to be unedited and include the whole journey, not just the incident. Members of the public are also told not to post the footage on social media, or to remove it if it has already been posted.
To submit footage, members of the public have to complete a form available on the Go Safe website. Once it has been reviewed, officers update the individual as to what action will be taken.