Road users are now able to send videos of dangerous driving to the police in England and Wales, using a platform created by a dashcam manufacturer.
The site allows visitors to upload the video before sending the footage to the right of the police.
Also redirects visitors to those forces with their presentation sites on the web.
A road safety charity called the website a “fantastic initiative, which could not be more timely.”
The rapid adoption of dashcams in the last few years, as well as the availability of cameras on mobile phones, has left the police scrambling to keep pace with a growing demand of road movies.
A fragmented system has emerged, with road users submitting videos on social media, email and even DVDS of several police forces.
The new website, built from the dashcam manufacturer Nextbase, aims to rationalize the contributions, although some geographic variability still exists.
If it is the film of an incident in Stoke, for example, you can now fill in the details online, but you will still need to send the report via e-mail for Staffordshire Police.
If you are in Worcester, however, you can send your video through the platform of West Mercia Police is a partner.
“While the benefits for motorists, the new portal are clear, this convenience extends to the police,” said Supt Paul Moxley of West Mercia Police.
“A process that used to take hours can now be reduced to a matter of minutes.”
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Joshua Harris, director of campaigns for road safety charity Brake, said: “This is a fantastic initiative, which could not be more timely.”
He hopes that the website will help the police and the process of video evidence in the most efficient way.
“This portal is an elegant solution, that allows the police to vital process data without wasting the scarce resources available,” he added.
Even if the platform should make it easy for road users to send movies, it remains for the police to decide whether to exercise the criminal action. Privacy issues
Privacy groups have highlighted the trade-off between road safety and the privacy.
“It is true that, in rare cases, dash-cam footage may help the investigation, but it is questionable that you deserve to encourage motorists to constantly film each other,” a spokesman for Big Brother Watch has told the BBC.
“While everyone wants safe roads, you should be cautious to avoid the breeding of a culture of citizen surveillance and suspicion.”