Drivers prosecuted by Cambridgeshire police from residents’ dash cam footage falls to zero

The number of drivers prosecuted after police were sent dash cam footage by members of the public has dropped to zero this year.

Monday, 7th September 2020, 4:42 am

Cambridgeshire police allowed residents to share dash cam footage with it from late 2018.

This led to 1,220 videos being submitted the following year, with 34 cases sent to court.

Moreover, 261 people ended up completing retraining courses with 75 people also complying with a conditional offer, according to data discovered by the Peterborough Telegraph through a Freedom of Information request.

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However, through the first six months of the year no people have appeared in court despite police receiving 686 videos from dash cams.

Instead, 23 retraining courses have been completed, with 27 conditional offers complied with.

The figures for this year are skewed both by the coronavirus pandemic - which saw less vehicles on the road - and because outcomes are only recorded once they have been completed.

A police spokesperson said: “Dash cam footage plays a valuable role in determining if a motoring offence has been committed. Each case is carefully evaluated and, where there is clear evidence that a crime has been committed, every effort is made to bring the offenders to justice.

“The figures for 2020 are incomplete because offences continue to be investigated and the outcomes are not yet known. It is also worth noting that, due to Covid-19, there were significantly less vehicles on the road for part of 2020 and this will have a bearing on the figures.”

Mark Turner is chief executive of the Road Victims Trust which provides emotional and practical support to people affected by a fatal or life changing injury across Cambridgeshire, Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire.

He said: “The statistics presented represent only a six month period and many cases have yet to come conclusion, therefore any inference cannot be drawn.

“I very much support the ability of the public to act as additional support and eyes for the police in order to tackle dangerous and antisocial driving.

“Of course, it cannot replace the hugely important role of the roads policing officer who we are proud to work in partnership with.

“The effects of a fatal collision are absolutely devastating to the bereaved families and friends.”