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Drivers fined thanks to public’s dashcam clips

Solihull Editorial 20th Sep, 2023   0

THESE careless and dangerous drivers have all been prosecuted thanks to other road users sending West Midlands Police dash cam footage.

The force has released video clips to show how evidence provided by drivers, cyclists and pedestrians can help us make the roads safer.

It is also part of the latest call to encourage more people to submit their footage.

The shocking clips include the moment a driver mounted the pavement to overtake a vehicle, narrowly missing an oncoming car. The motorist was banned from driving for a year, given a community order and fined £160.

They also include a driver who was given three points and a £400 fine for overtaking a car and going through a red light, and a car parked on zig zag lines outside a school, the registered keeper of which failed to tell police who was driving and was banned from driving for six months and issued with £300 in fines.

Supt Gareth Mason, head of West Midlands Police’s traffic department, said: “We’ve recently bolstered the team that investigates footage from dashcams so I want people to have confidence that when they do send us their images, they will be properly assessed and careless or dangerous drivers will be dealt with appropriately.”

Adam Tranter, the West Midlands cycling and walking commissioner, said: “I’m pleased that West Midlands Police has moved quickly to bolster the team and improve the system’s efficacy so that the public know they can trust it.

“With many motorists and cyclists now using dash or helmet cams, it’s an increasingly powerful deterrent that dangerous behaviour on our roads will be enforced against.”

To view the videos click here.

To send in dash cam footage click here.

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