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Will the rise in traffic incident footage make roads safer?

Road users are increasingly being warned or prosecuted for misbehaviour after being caught not by police but by cameras owned by the public. Rhodri Clark reports on the trend and its possible future implications

by Rhodri Clark
27 October 2017
The use of dashcam footage in insurance cases has trebled in the past two years, reports accident management company Accident Exchange
The use of dashcam footage in insurance cases has trebled in the past two years, reports accident management company Accident Exchange
Cyclists can now choose from a variety of low cost, lightweight cameras designed for mounting on helmets
Cyclists can now choose from a variety of low cost, lightweight cameras designed for mounting on helmets

 

Roads policing in the UK is undergoing a transformation. There have been no announcements of setting up a new unit or recruiting specialist officers to new roles. Nor has there been an announcement of funding for new equipment. Quite the opposite, because this transformation stems from members of the public investing their own money and time in capturing and submitting evidence of poor driving or riding.

There are now 30% fewer traffic police than in 2007, and 24% fewer than in 2012, according...

+97% more

 

 
 
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