West Midlands dash cam users top the list for reporting dangerous driving to the police - The Solihull Observer

West Midlands dash cam users top the list for reporting dangerous driving to the police

Solihull Editorial 31st Jan, 2021 Updated: 31st Jan, 2021   0

THE WEST Midlands tops the list of the areas where motorists have used dash cams to aid police with dangerous driving offences.

More than 7,000 reports have been filed in the region via the National Dash Cam Safety Portal (NDCSP) since 2018.

West Midlands Police Traffic Investigations Manager Stuart Baker said the force would continue to back the scheme.

Second is West Mercia Police with more than 4,000 and Northumbria is third with over 3,700.

The figures have been released by dash cam manufacturer Nextbase.

Having received a total of over 23,000 total submissions since 2018, the public has proved instrumental in helping to prosecute dangerous drivers around the UK.

There are 33 police forces across the country now using the NDCSP as the key tool.

It gives members of the public the ability to assist the police in taking action against those who put other road users at risk.

As one of the first on the portal in 2017, West Midlands dealt with 208 submissions, which increased to 951 the following year, and 3,242 in 2019.

Mr Baker said: “We have already topped that figure in 2020, despite the pandemic and fewer people being on the roads.

“The portal has been a great success, providing an easy way for video footage and photos of offences to be submitted by members of the public.

“The third-party submissions mean that examples of poor and potentially very hazardous driving are being captured and punished – these are offences that most likely would otherwise not have been detected and, in that respect, it’s helping make our roads safer.”

Data from Nextbase’s data hosting partner – Egress, which guarantees a high level of security and ensures footage goes straight from uploader to the relevant police force, shows that half of all uploads to the NDCSP have resulted in some form of prosecution.

Bryn Brooker, Nextbase’s marketing director, added: “The Portal was created to benefit both the police and public.

“By nurturing an equal partnership between the public and their local police forces, we are seeing the enormous benefits that Dash Cam use can have in our goal for safer roads.

“We are seeing growth year-on-year in each of their cases, as they receive more and more reports of dangerous driving. It is great to see them rallying behind the Portal that we have built.”

Anyone wanting to submit dash cam footage of dangerous driving can do so here.


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