Dangerous overtaking, near misses and a driver jumping a red light are just some of the examples of poor driving highlighted in the latest Devon and Cornwall Police’s Op Snap.
Op Snap is a scheme which allows road users to submit video footage of illegal driving in Devon and Cornwall, and in August recorded its highest level of submissions ever.
Devon and Cornwall Police received 747 videos from the public through Op Snap in August, 418 (56%) of which were the subject of action by police, including 246 Notices of Intended Prosecution (NOIP) and 172 warnings or word of advice.
In the latest highlight reel, released by the Vision Zero South West road safety partnership, there is one particularly dangerous overtaking manoeuvre that almost results in a head-on collision with another car.
Another part of the reel shows a supermarket delivery van overtaking a car and attempting to squeeze into a small gap between the car and a lorry in heavy rain.
Adrian Leisk, Head of Road Safety for Devon & Cornwall Police and chair of Vision Zero South West’s enforcement group, said: “It has been a very busy summer for Op Snap, with the number of submissions hitting record levels and consistently increasing over the past three months.
“While it is clearly worrying that so many instances of dangerous driving are being witnessed on our roads, it’s encouraging that members of the public are coming on board with this campaign and submitting footage of poor driving.
"We are so grateful for the public’s support in addressing a real issue of concern. We have 13,670 miles of road network and cannot be everywhere, but you are.
“Thanks to your efforts, we have been able to take action against 8,586 drivers which help to deter such behaviour in the future. These drivers would have escaped prosecution without this partnership with responsible road users. We want drivers to think twice before making that risky decision.
“More people are using dashcams and helmet cameras than ever before and as the profile of Op Snap continues to increase, it’s increasingly likely that poor drivers will be caught on camera.
“But it’s not getting caught that drivers should be worried about, many of the instances we see could have easily escalated into collisions causing serious and potentially even fatal injuries.
“As active members of the Vision Zero South West road safety partnership, our collective goal is to halve all serious and fatal injuries by 2030 – and then completely.”
Alison Hernandez, Police and Crime Commissioner for Devon, Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly, is chairman of Vision Zero South West. She said: “When dealing with figures like these it’s important to remember that every single one represents a person who has suffered dramatically as a result of a collision on our roads.
“Whether it’s someone who dies, sustains a brain injury, loses a limb or suffers from the harrowing mental effects of a road traffic collision, the effect this incident has on them – as well as their friends and family - cannot be underestimated.
“The whole purpose of Vision Zero South West is to cut road traffic deaths to zero. All our partners will admit this is an extremely ambitious target but one which needs to be at the forefront of all of our minds.”
For more information about Op Snap visit dc.police.uk/opsnap