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Dash cam and head cam footage helps secure over 2,000 enforcements in first six months of 2019

News   •   Sep 06, 2019 05:00 BST

A still from dash cam footage of a car driving on a pavement

As of 30 June, the Met has enforced 2,305 cases where dash cam, or head cam, footage has been used as evidence to secure a positive criminal justice outcome.

Detective Superintendent Andy Cox, from the Met’s Roads and Transport Command, said: “The use of dash cam footage in cars, and head cam footage from cyclists, has been extremely helpful for both victims and officers.

“Whilst it is great to see the benefits that the footage can bring to investigations, I am sure that there are many people who are not sharing their footage of incidents with the police – maybe because they do not know how to share it with us or do not feel comfortable doing so.

“Anyone who has dashcam or headcam footage of a collision or incident can upload it to www.met.police.uk/dashcam and the footage is treated with absolute confidence by officers.”

Since 1 January – 30 June, the Met’s Prosecutions Unit has received 4028 cases where the victim has submitted footage of the incident. Of that:

- 2305 cases received a Notice of Intended Prosecution
- 353 people were given a warning
- 1370 people received no further action to be taken against them

The Met’s Head of Traffic Prosecutions, Pauline Pateman-West, said: “Since inception of the online reporting facility, my office has seen significant increases in members of the public reporting offences of bad driving. My team work very hard to deliver justice - the more serious offenders will face court action but we take a balanced and proportionate view and seek to educate drivers where appropriate too. We have seen some excellent results and this is great news for road safety.”

Det Supt Cox continues, “The benefits of dash cam/head cam footage are great and they are really helping police tackle dangerous driving, road rage attacks and violence – all of which have no place on London’s streets.

“With the use of this footage, officers are able to track down suspects and make sure that those who are a risk to themselves and the public are found and appropriate police action is taken.

“This is one of the many tactics that officers are using to help achieve Vision Zero - a plan devised in partnership with Transport for London and the Mayor’s Office aimed at reducing deaths on the Capital’s roads by 2041.”

Mandy McGregor, Head of Transport Policing at Transport for London, said: “We are working closely with the police to tackle reckless and dangerous road user behaviour. The police cannot be everywhere, but members of the public are. Dash cam and head cam footage is helping the police to take action against those drivers that create risk on London’s roads. These prosecutions should serve as a reminder to drivers to drive carefully and with respect and consideration for other road users.”