Police catch hundreds more dangerous motorists

Hundreds more careless and dangerous motorists have been caught by footage sent to West Midlands Police as part of efforts to make the region’s roads safer.

Officers had positive outcomes in 81% of the 734 cases that people sent in last month, handing out warning letters, education courses, fines, or court appearances.

In the cases where police couldn’t act, most were because there wasn’t enough evidence, they’d happened outside the West Midlands, or they showed crimes or collisions that needed further investigation. 

Thanks to an increase in the size of the team and a campaign to encourage more people to submit clips, officers are getting more sent in, and can act in far more cases. Tanya Johnson, who leads the team, said:

“We’ve seen a massive increase in the amount of submissions, and we’ve been working really hard to deal with drivers in the most appropriate way. 

“We hope that by sharing some of the footage that’s been sent in today, it’ll encourage other dashcam users to send in their own images, and to make people think twice before they run a red light, use their phone while driving, or put lives at risk by other dangerous or careless driving.” 

The news comes as part of Operation Triton - a crackdown on dangerous and reckless driving which was launched in August following a spate of serious incidents on the region’s roads. Partners and different authorities have committed to action to build a safer city for all road users.

Next week is Road Safety Week, which sees Police continuing the crackdown on uninsured motorists, who cause more collisions and are often linked to crimes such as hit and runs and drug offences.


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