UK drivers have been busier than ever with filming other driver’s transgressions, with the National Dash Cam Safety Portal reporting a 60% increase in downloads of video of suspected infringements in the past three months.
The portal is operated by the Nextbase dashcam brand and allows any driver to upload dashcam or cell phone footage of the dangerous driving they witness on the road.
Over the past 12 months, there has been an 85% increase in downloads as drivers come out of the Covid lockdown, and 38 of the UK’s 43 police forces are now taking advantage of this loaner supply of offenders to issue warning letters, flat-rate fine notices (PCNs) or to take legal action.
Figures from last year suggested that nearly 40% of uploads to the portal had resulted in some form of law enforcement action, evenly split between NCPs, driving awareness courses and prosecution.
Bryn Brooker, Head of Road Safety at Nextbase, said: “These statistics show that there has been a clear change in the mindset of UK motorists over the past year. Upon exiting lockdown, recent gasoline shortages and trucker crises have all led drivers to be more careful in their own driving, while being more vigilant about the conduct of those around them. By working together, we can identify those who shouldn’t be behind the wheel and, in turn, make the roads safer. We are confident that soon we will see the portal in use by all British forces. “
The platform was designed to allow motorists to quickly and safely upload images of serious driving offenses to the relevant police forces. Over the past three months, West Mercia has been the best performing region in the UK, with a 140% increase in submissions. It is closely followed by Cumbria, Lincolnshire, Lancashire and Wiltshire.
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