Just over three months after a campaign to highlight dangerous driving was launched, North Wales Police are renewing their message for people to submit video and photographic evidence of motoring offences.
Following the launch of Operation Snap or #OpSnap, numerous film clips and photographs have already been received from members of the public. 58 offences have so far been processed – ranging from driving without due care and attention, failing to comply with a red traffic signal and failing to comply with solid white line.
Operation Snap was launched in October 2016, in response to the ever increasing submissions of video and photographic evidence from people who have witnessed driving offences on the roads of North Wales.
At the start of a New Year, North Wales Police are renewing their campaign message and are encouraging members of the public to send in their footage by completing a newly-devised online form.
Following the launch the North Wales Police Roads Policing Unit have been contacted by several UK police forces as well as police in Hong Kong and Australia who are interested in the initiative.
Sergeant John Roberts, from North Wales Police said: “We’ve had a really positive response so far and I’d like to thank everyone who has already submitted footage. We’ve also been overwhelmed by the response from colleagues in other police forces who are keen to see this initiative being rolled out in their area.
“We hope that people will feel safer and reassured by our efforts to tackle bad driving across the region. This is all about making the roads safer for all and we hope that Operation Snap deters people from taking any unnecessary risks.
“If you have footage from a dash cam, your pedal cycle cam or any other source that you feel supports you as a witness to an alleged motoring offence, we want to hear from you.”
As well as encouraging drivers to submit any dash cam evidence, officers are also appealing to other road users such as horse riders, cyclists and motorcyclists to send in any footage they may have.
Sergeant Roberts added: “We are seeing some awful very close passes and people pulling in and out of junctions putting horse riders, cyclists and motorcyclists in danger. Often the car driver has taken an unnecessary risk – or didn’t even see them. Instances of road rage have also been submitted and prosecuted.
“Those who are prepared to risk their lives and the lives of others are not welcome on our roads. If people know there is a much bigger chance of being prosecuted and risk losing their licence then maybe they’ll think twice about not making that call, not answering that text, not update their status or stick a “like” to a dancing kitten whilst driving. It would be prudent for drivers who are considering committing a traffic offences or road rage act to take a moment to think whether or not their actions could be recorded on video.”
Chief Superintendent Neill Anderson, Operational Support Services, North Wales Police said: “I am very grateful for the communities’ engagement with this initiative. It is reassuring to be able to respond positively to the public’s concerns
“Operation Snap has allowed us to identify dangerous activity on the roads of North Wales and to seek to prevent further danger by advising, supporting with educational course or prosecution as appropriate.”
He went on to say
- We estimate that by adopting new working practices, we have been able to reduce the time taken to deal with these offences by 90%. Without Op Snap it would take a bare minimum of 15 hours of police time to get to the point whereby a prosecution file is submitted:
- #OpSnap allows for all types of poor, bad and dangerous driving to be addressed. Just a few examples would be dangerous driving, undertaking, lane hogging, tail gating, overtaking on solid white lines, contravening red lights, reading whilst driving, mobile phone use whilst driving, road rage etc.
Further information regarding Operation Snap is available via http://www.north-wales.police.uk/advice-and-support/safer-roads/operation-snap