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Police may encourage dashcam use

Traffic police could encourage the use of dashboard cameras to help catch bad drivers.

Inspector Robert Cardwell, head of the island's roads policing unit, said the service already used “dashcam” technology to convict offenders.

He added: “In some of Britain's road policing units, they have taken on an initiative to encourage the public to use dashcams and forward footage of bad and dangerous drivers for prosecution.”

Mr Cardwell said British forces had to assign officers to work on processing video footage received from the public.

He added: “We could do the same thing but we would have to internally realign.”

Mr Cardwell said: “Submitting footage would just be a start.”

He explained the police service would have to work out what follow-up procedures would be needed to get a case to the courts.

Mr Cardwell said: “There would be much more work needed to get footage to the stage of prosecution.”

A dangerous driver was caught on camera by a member of the public last week and footage was turned over to the police. The film showed a car pulling out of a side street in Paget on to South Road during morning rush-hour traffic without stopping.

The driver also overtook a long line of vehicles outside the entrance to Bermuda College.

Police have launched an investigation into the incident. Mr Cardwell said the use of film shot by the public was “new territory” in Bermuda.

He added that there was potential to make more use of submitted footage to help make the island's roads safer.

A still from a dashboard camera recording sent to police last week

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Published February 06, 2018 at 8:00 am (Updated February 06, 2018 at 9:36 am)

Police may encourage dashcam use

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