Police appeal for dash-cam footage


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Best known for bringing the comical antics of Russian drivers to our computer screens, the increasingly popular dashboard mounted camera – or dash-cam for short – could soon be pointed at Britain's dangerous drivers.

Thousands of UK motorists have invested in the car-based video equipment, which can be used to document events occurring both in front of and behind a car.

Now police forces are urging users to forward any footage of dangerous driving to them, in a bid to aid a successful prosecution.

Paul Marshall from the Association of Chief Police Officers told The Times: "Increasing use is being made by the public of digital cameras to record evidence of offences which can be used by the police service to support prosecutions."

Drivers can easily submit video evidence of poor driving to the authorities via new third party website PoliceWitness.com.

Website spokesman Matt Stockdale told the Daily Mail: "PoliceWitness.com is merely a conduit that helps the public assist the police.

"The incidents we report to the police are from members of the public who have inadvertently captured acts of inconsiderate or dangerous driving on their dash cams, set up to record their journeys whilst they go about their daily business.

"The main reason dash cams are a growing phenomenon, is people recognise the need to protect themselves, their vehicle, their insurance costs and their driving licence, which in some cases could mean their livelihood."

Of course, the police themselves aren't immune from being caught out by dash-cams, as this footage filmed in Russia shows.