Your Dash Cam Footage - Why Use PoliceWitness To Report Dangerous Drivers? 

Always Report Through PoliceWitness 

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. 

Reporting Made Easy  

PoliceWitness act as a filter for the police. Our aim to save the police time; so we locate the exact time and place in the footage the offence takes place and convey that to the police with our own assessment of the circumstances.  
Knowing which police force to report to is another reason to report through PoliceWitness.  
Bear in mind that dash cam footage must be date and time stamped. Also bear in mind the police have just 14 days in which to issue a Notice of Intended Prosecution. Several checks need to be carried out and quite often the police need literally every second of those 14 days.  
Our reporting process is accepted by all forces. It is a standard, format and is quick and easy. No matter where you are in the UK.  
Now in our 9th year, PoliceWitness welcomes the news that some police forces are allowing the public to upload dash cam footage of dangerous drivers, directly to their websites. This is a huge step forward and we hope more will follow.  
With some 43 forces each with varying priorities, we are still a far cry from the central digital uploading system we began talking to ACPO (Association of Chief Police Officers - now the NPCC - The National Police Chiefs Council) about many years ago. But, its progress nonetheless.  
Few forces have a dedicated 'dash cam' reporting system and procedure. With some forces indicating they would like the incident reported via 101, the remainder would still like you to attend a police station in person. 
Where a reporting system is provided by a force, each form and procedure are different, some short, some long, some very long. Even knowing which force to report to can be a challenge.  

We don't persecute innocent motorists 

As we have maintained we don't want to persecute innocent motorists nor waste valuable police resource.  
Our aim is to target dangerous drivers who have little regard for other road users and pedestrians; for example those who use a mobile phone at the wheel, those who overtake on double solid white lines, those who drive down the hard shoulder whilst others queue patiently, and those who jump red traffic signals. 
It is those who almost go out of their way to put others at risk that we seek to hold to account, not someone of perhaps later years who has simple made an error in judgement.  
We all think we're great drivers, but even those who genuinely are, can easily make a mistake when driving in an area unfamiliar to them. 

Membership Benefits 

There is so much more to PoliceWitness membership than just reporting bad drivers: 
You can use our online reporting portal to report dangerous motorists (no limits or restrictions) 
There is no need to attend a police station 
Remember, we review EVERY incident and video clip you send before we submit to the police 
You receive cash in exchange for third parties to use your footage following a collision (average is around £200 per incident) 
You have access to insurers who recognise that motorists who use dash cams are a lower risk and hence premiums are lower 
We fight your corner in the event you are involved in an accident, our aim to safe guard your premium, your no claims discount and your excess 
Optional enrolment to the PoliceWitness Community Watch initiative 
New benefits are always being added to our unique service. 
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