Caught on camera: how dashcams are shaping road safety in the UK

GEPP

11 June 2024

By Sabina Theobald

Dashcams have become increasingly popular among UK drivers. These devices not only provide valuable evidence in the event of an accident but also play a significant role in monitoring, capturing and reporting driving offences. Recently, UK police reported receiving 72,000 submissions of dashcam footage showing other drivers committing suspected offences. Remarkably, about 70% of these submissions have resulted in police investigation.

 

Common Driving Offences Captured by Dashcams

Dashcams have proven to be influential in identifying and reporting various driving offences, including:

  • Using a Phone While Driving: Despite strict laws, many drivers continue to use their phones while driving, posing a significant risk to themselves and others.
  • Speeding: Exceeding the speed limit is an offence that dashcams frequently capture, endangering lives and increasing the likelihood of accidents.
  • Driving Through a Red Light: Ignoring traffic signals is not only illegal but also highly dangerous, often leading to severe accidents.
  • Middle Lane Hogging (Careless Driving): Middle lane hogging on motorways disrupts traffic flow and can lead to road rage incidents and accidents.
  • Undertaking (Careless Driving): Undertaking is another form of careless driving that can create hazardous situations on the road.

 

What to Do if You’re Facing a Driving Offence Charge

If you are facing a driving offence charge, it is crucial to seek legal advice as soon as possible. A specialist driving solicitor can provide expert guidance and representation, ensuring that you have the best possible defence.

If you find yourself needing legal advice from a Motoring Law expert or looking for a confidential chat, please don’t hesitate to contact us on 01245 343971 or email us at drivingenq@gepp.co.uk.