So with some forces allowing people to upload dash cam footage directly, why report through PoliceWitness?
There are several reasons why we would recommend you ALWAYS report through our service. Firstly, very few forces allow this facility. To know which ones do and which ones don't can be frustrating and time consuming. Our members don't have time to mess about, they want a quick and easy way to report the incidents caught on their dash cams.
But that's not the reason why you should report all incidents through PoliceWitness. As an intermediary we work on YOUR behalf. So when reporting to the police, in the eyes of the authorities 'We are You'.
This is important, because our priority is to safeguard and protect YOU...and your livelihood! Let us explain why.
PoliceWitness review EVERY incident submitted for a number of reasons.
First and foremost we want to protect you... as we understand that its very easy to get 'caught up in the moment' of observing another driver's poor driving that we inadvertently commit an offence ourselves. If dash cam footage showing you inadvertently committing an offence was uploaded directly to the police, without our casting eye, the police are now of the mind that if they were to prosecute one, it would be unfair not to prosecute the other...YOU!
In circumstances where our member has made an error in judgement (as above), we use the opportunity to educate and reinforce positive driving habits, whilst providing our members with the option (and our opinion) whether to submit the incident to the police, or not.
We act as a 'free' filter for the police, saving tens, if not hundreds of thousands of pounds as we sift through incidents that are not necessarily offences or that could never be considered as offences due to a lack of formal evidence.
Remember our aim is hold dangerous drivers who wilfully flout the law to account, not pursecute innocent motorists who have made a small mistake. After all, we're all human.