Dashcams a ‘game changer’ in enforcement – RAC

An average of 22 dashcam video recordings of alleged motoring offences were submitted to the Met Police every day in 2019, according to data analysed by the RAC.

A total of 8,082 pieces of footage were received by the Met in 2019, a 44% rise on the number recorded in 2018 (5,629).

Of the 2019 figure, 2,070 resulted in prosecutions – which equates to 26%.

Meanwhile, recordings sent to the Met accounted for approximately a quarter of submissions received by the 24 police forces that accepted video evidence of driving offences from members of the public in 2019 (32,370).

The RAC says dashcams are a ‘game changer’ in enforcement and is calling on drivers to “always drive as if you are being watched by the police”.

Simon Williams, RAC road safety spokesman, said: “Even before the decline in the number of roads police enforcing traffic offences, law-abiding drivers were often frustrated that there was never an officer there to deal with infringements they witnessed. 

“The advent of dashcams, phones with cameras and helmet cameras have been a game changer as drivers can now easily submit footage to almost every police force. 

“With more and more people getting dashcams the message for 2021 has to be: always drive as if you’re being watched by the police. If more drivers who are inclined to break the laws of the road were to think this way, the safer the roads would be for all of us.”

11 February 2021