Please read these frequently asked questions
Videos showing a clear offence will result in formal action being taken. Offending drivers may be offered an educational course, issued a fixed penalty or prosecuted at court.
In the majority of cases you will not be contacted by police. The driver will be dealt with via the fixed penalty process without the need for contacting you back. Should the incident not be finalised through an educational course or fixed penalty, the case will be referred to court and you will be notified. If you have not heard from us after 6 months from the date of the incident, then the reported case will have been concluded without the need for a court hearing.
If the case proceeds to court, then the original footage will be required and you may be called as a witness. It will be your responsibility to ensure that the original footage is saved in its original format dependant on how it is stored on the device. This could be, for example, on the internal memory of the device or perhaps on an external storage medium such as an SD card.
A small number of cases may be prosecuted at court. As such, if you are reporting an incident you do need to be willing to attend court at a later date. It should be noted that this occurs in a very small proportion of cases and the majority will be resolved without any further involvement from you.
We cannot enhance recorded footage, if you are unable to read the vehicle number plate from the original clip, then we are unlikely to be able to read it when we replay the footage.
The device you use to record the offence will not be taken from you.
You must remove the footage from social media. Crown Prosecution Service advice is that your footage should not be in the public domain as this may adversely affect any subsequent proceedings.If you wish us to view footage, please report the incident here.
You must be aware that when we review the footage which you submit that we are duty bound to review the events surrounding the incident, your behaviour and also the manner in which the footage was obtained.For example, if you were exceeding the speed limit in order to catch up with an offending driver and then proceeded to film them with your mobile phone whilst driving, we may consider also taking proceedings against you.If any action has been undertaken that could be perceived to have provoked the incident, the matter is unlikely to be progressed.
Ideally the date and time should be correct. The video footage is used to support your witness statement. You must account for any discrepancies in date/time within your witness evidence presented to us. Your witness statement must clearly state what time/date the incident occurred.
The offending driver will not be provided with your details. However, on the rare occasion that the offence which you have reported results in a court appearance, then at this stage the offending driver will become aware of your name, but not your address or any other personal details.
The footage which you submit along with your statement will be stored securely on a cloud server.All submissions will be handled in line with our Force retention policies.