Dash cam

VIDEO: Hair-raising dash cam footage submitted to Humberside Police

Humberside Police said they received more than 500 dash cam footage in just over a year.

The force says its road policing team was able to use the submitted footage to help make the roads safer for everyone.

Between November 2020 and September 2021, 508 dash cam recordings were uploaded to their Dashcam reporting portal.

Andrew Brown, PC of Traffic Management, said:

“We are delighted to have seen such a positive response to this new reporting method. Over 500 submissions in less than a year is awesome and has helped us take action to ensure our roads are safe.

“We developed the dashcam portal to improve, grow and improve the service we provide to our communities and it does exactly that.

“The portal can be used to submit dash cam or bicycle helmet footage of instances of unsafe driving or traffic violations.

“Every clip we receive is reviewed and assessed to confirm if any infringements are evident.

“Some of the sequences make it really hair-raising to watch. Once we have reviewed the images, we decide on the appropriate course of action.

“We are really looking to educate drivers about the dangers of the way they drive, for us it’s about making sure people stay safe on the road and don’t endanger other road users. This may take the form of a letter informing them of the incident and the dangers they have posed or other action may be taken if we feel it is necessary.

“For more serious offenses these are forwarded to our central ticket office which deals with other traffic offenses such as speeding. They then contact the driver or motorcyclist and offer him driving awareness courses, or fines or points on his licence. Some cases end with a court appearance.

“What I want to remind drivers is that it is not just the police who are watching for dangerous or reckless driving, but also members of the public.

So far, three drivers have been fined for their offences. One driver was fined £230 with six points on his license and another was fined £150 with three points on his licence. Both paid a victim surcharge (VS) of £34 and police costs of £90.

The third driver to appear in court was fined £40 and three points added to his licence.

PC Brown continues,

“We receive a number of clips where further action is simply not possible. This is often due to a lack of understanding of what constitutes an infringement. We have also had instances where an infringement is shown in the images, but there is no way to identify the offending vehicle.

“Unfortunately in these cases we are unable to move the investigation forward and we share the frustrations of those who report the incidents when this occurs.”

Police and Crime Commissioner Jonathan Evison said:

“One of the priorities of my Police and Crime plan is to have safer roads for all road users. My office is already partnering with Humberside Police on the Community Speed ​​Watch initiative and supporting Safer Roads Humber’s speed enforcement work.

“The addition of the Police Dashcam portal over the past year has given motorists and cyclists a new method of reporting incidents, encouraging them to take an active role in road safety and aligning the force with the latest technology available to road users.

“I am delighted with the results of the first year’s work and will be interested to see how Humberside Police take this work forward.”

Humberside Strength says that if you are considering submitting images through the portal, please consider completing the following checklist first:

  • Does your submission contain a traffic accident? If so please call 101 as we need to ensure this is thoroughly investigated by the correct department.
  • Does the sequence clearly show the registration of the offending vehicle?
  • Does the footage clearly show the offensive behavior?
  • Make sure your dash cam or recording device is set to the correct date/time to allow faster investigation of the incident and to avoid any discrepancies. i.e. in your statement you could say an incident happened at 3pm, however the dashcam may show 2pm as it has not been adjusted with the clocks for the time of summer.
  • Make sure the sequence is not edited or cut. Ideally, it should show the time leading up to and following the perceived offensive behavior.

Humberside Polcie has issued the following guidelines for the online reporting system:

What offenses can be submitted to us?

Through the online system, we will investigate various traffic violations including dangerous driving, driving without due care and attention, reckless driving, using a mobile phone while driving, not wearing the seat belt, failing to obey a red light, and failing to obey solid white lines, among others.

What about other offenses such as traffic collisions or incidents of road rage?

If there has been a road traffic accident where someone is injured, this should be reported via our non-emergency line 101 or 999 in case of emergency. This allows us to ensure that everyone at the scene is taken care of and that all immediate evidence capture opportunities are exhausted.

In the case of a road rage incident – if serious physical or verbal abuse has occurred following a driving incident but the threat has disappeared, this should be reported to us by contacting 101 However, if the threat persists, always call the police emergency line by dialing 999.

You can submit images through the portal by visiting: https://www.humberside.police.uk/dash-cam-reporting