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Three-quarters of motorists want to take the law in to their own hands

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New research suggests motorists want to be more proactive in reporting reckless driving on Britain’s roads.

The study from PoliceWitness.com reveals that nearly four out of five motorists (79%) have wished the police were around to witness the reckless driving of others, while nearly two thirds (65%) wished they had an in-car video camera to record another motorist’s driving which could then be passed on to the police.

It also suggests that three-quarters (75%) of motorists believe that assisting the police by videoing and reporting drivers who flout the law, through schemes like PoliceWitness.com, is not an infringement of human rights.

It provides ‘dash-cams’ that enable motorists to record incidents on the road and involving their vehicle, with footage uploaded to the PoliceWitness website who then forward it on to the relevant police authority depending on the incident.

Matt Stockdale, CEO of PoliceWitness.com, said: “In these austere times and with services such as the police stretched to their limits, it makes sense for the public to do their bit in helping tackle crime.

“Motoring related crime, in particular, is something that concerns most of us. As our study shows, 79% of motorists have witnessed reckless driving and have been powerless to do anything about it.

“This shouldn’t be the case, however, and that is why the use of technology by concerned motorists, such as in car video cameras, can actually make a difference.

“And with more awareness, this might make people think twice about driving recklessly, which will make our roads safer.”

Stockdale says that in the last ten months using in-car recording equipment via his service has resulted in hundreds of drivers being reported by members of the public.

As a result, many have been fined, had their licence endorsed endorsements, attended a compulsory re-training course or have been banned.

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  • Rick - 19/08/2013 12:46

    Seems odd that people can be fined on camera evidence gleaned from members of the public, who will no doubt be anonymous. Do we no longer have the right to face our accusers? Claims "...austere times and with services such as the police stretched to their limits." shouldn't mean a transfer of powers no matter how well meaning.

    • Matt - 20/08/2013 15:49

      @Rick - Hi Rick, all prosecutions are with the reporting party coming forward. No anonymous reporting is permitted.

  • AB - 19/08/2013 12:52

    Gluckliche Tage welcome to the DDR !!

  • Rick - 20/08/2013 16:00

    Hi Matt, Sorry but you are wrong, on the PoliceWitness website [by the way they are a commercial enterprise who sell you the dash-cams and other stuff] it say under the Report Incident section '1) Create a PoliceWitness alias on YouTube; DO NOT use your own personal details if you want to stay anonymous. The first part of your alias should include the words ‘PoliceWitness’ followed by a word or number of your choice. For example: PoliceWitnessClarkson, or PoliceWitness007.

  • emeles - 21/08/2013 07:59

    In reality its all a media hype if experience is true. Yesterday on route to Eurotunnel @0430 in nearside lane following a marked police car containing two PC's (note I was not tailgating) we get overtaken in lane three of an empty motorway by a uk registered car at a speed in excess of 80mph. Do the police react to give chase and deliver a stern warning on lane discipine and speeding supported by their new powers - absolutly not - they didnt even increase speed to follow. So to all the commentators about dashcams to report offenders, my comment is maybe we should start videoing and reporting these do nothing Plods first since whilst they carry on like this offenders know they have a slim chance of ever being picked up for an offence!

    • ab - 21/08/2013 08:47

      @emeles - check this: http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=f67_1370818145

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