John Mcll­roy

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FOR some peo­ple, a na­tional plat­form for dash cam footage to help pros­e­cute fel­low road users may stir up fresh con­cerns about a “big brother” state. But in truth, and based upon the re­ac­tion of lead­ing road safety bod­ies to Oper­a­tion Snap, it could be a use­ful as­set to help keep driv­ing stan­dards in check.

Pro­vided there are guide­lines in place on how the forces view the footage and act upon it, the new sys­tem could be a much more pos­i­tive thing than speed cam­eras, which en­force the law in­stead of polic­ing it.

The key, as al­ways, will be what the po­lice do with the footage that’s been sup­plied to them. The sys­tem will, at some point, re­quire judge­ment on whether to pros­e­cute or not – the sort of rea­son­ing that would nor­mally be the job of an of­fi­cer.

So while the footage may be a use­ful as­set, it is con­ceiv­able that it will do lit­tle more than ex­pose a dif­fer­ent area where po­lice re­sources are thread­bare.

“The sys­tem could be more pos­i­tive than speed cam­eras”

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