Data showed that in the first six months of the year, the Met’s Prosecution Unit had processed over 4,000 cases from in-car footage. Of those, 2,305 had ended with the offender receiving a notice of intended prosecution, with a further 353 people warned about their actions. Scotland Yard has previously said they now receive an average of 640 pieces of dashcam footage every month. The Met’s service was launched last summer and allows members of the public to report road incidents and upload footage if they have a dash cam installed.
The footage is treated in confidence and helps officers identify and analyse incidents to make a final decision on a case.The Met also confirmed footage is used to track down suspects, with appropriate police action taken to thwart risks on London’s streets.
If a suspect disputes the footage they can be sent a link where the material can be viewed online.
They also claimed they were sure some people had not sent in footage of incidents, prompting a fresh appeal for motorists to get in touch if they had seen something.
But the tools have had a positive effect to date, with Pauline Pateman-West, the Met’s Head of Traffic Prosecutions, confirming its implementation has seen an increase in reporting of road offences.
Most crimes caught on camera include driving without care and attention, using mobile phones and driving through red traffic lights.
She 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.”
The Metropolitan Police issued the statistics alongside a video of a driver veering and mounting the pavement, speeding past a row of houses and a bus stop to cut traffic.
They confirmed the driver shown in the clip received six penalty points and a £293 fine for his actions in a warning to those who have committed similar deeds.
Dash cams are part of the Mayor of London’s ambitious Vision Zero mission to cut road deaths in the capital between now and 2041.
The scheme will see a new speed limit of 20mph implemented on all TfL roads within the Congestion Charge and introduce new standards for Heavy Goods Vehicles and buses.
Sadiq Khan is targeting to reduce the number of people killed or injured on London’s roads by 65 percent by 2022, with an aim to axe all deaths caused by a bus by 2030.
His vision comes after data from Transport for London showed 112 people were killed on London’s roads in 2018, with more than 2,000 either losing their lives or suffering serious injuries each year.
Many McGregor, Head of Transport Policing at Transport for London, said: “We are working closely to tackle reckless and dangerous road user behaviour. The police cannot be everywhere, but members of the public are.
“Dash 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.”
Published at Wed, 11 Sep 2019 06:14:00 +0000