Got a video of a particularly dangerous driver putting you or someone else’s life in danger on the roads?
Want to report it to the Police but don’t know how?
You may think it isn’t worth reporting poor drivers to the police. In some areas it may not be worth reporting the slightly poor ones but dangerous road users should be reported to the police, especially when you have video evidence of how dangerous they are. Your police service may not be used to it but don’t let that stop you. That dangerous driver could kill or seriously injure someone if they are not spoken to by the police.
- Don’t give up – you may get turned away by the police but keep at it.
- Avoid talking to officers at reception about your incident – just ask to report a Road Traffic Incident (this is usually requires you to fill out a form, which is sent to a traffic unit). The desk officers will be opinionated and may not like cyclists, it just isn’t worth your time talking to them.
- Be prepared to be let down. The Police will only push a case for prosecution if they believe the CPS will take the case. This usually means only the most serious incidences will ever see court action. A talking to by the police or a letter is a good result in most cases.
- If a driver gets out of their vehicle and physically touches you, that is assault and should be reported as such. Assault is taken much more seriously than traffic incidences.
You can find all the contact details of every police station here. Send a link of your video with a brief description and your details (name, date and place of birth, address etc..), the licence plate is not a must but things go a lot faster if you have all the numbers and characters.
Once this is done you will get a subpoena in the mail soonish to give a testimony at the station. Police will make a CD/DVD of your video, no need to burn it.
The whole process takes about 3 months if no hiccups occur.
Thanks to sajatzsiron for this information
Avon and Somerset
Avon and Somerset police do have an online form which goes to the Roads Policing Unit. However this appears to be for general questions rather than reporting of incidences.
Thanks to Redvee2002 for this information
Report to the local police station, the traffic unit will look into it and see if they can use the video footage as an independent witness. They ask that you keep the footage off of youtube etc.. when reporting it to them. As they can’t use footage from the public domain as evidence. Technically that isn’t true, we have had cases go to court where the footage had over 15,000 views on youtube.
Thanks to Monkreadusuk for the information.
Kent Police only look into an incident if it could go to the Crown Prosecution Service, so no letters or visits from police officers. Otherwise it is automatically closed (without looking at the footage). Helmet camera footage isn’t seen as an ‘independent witness’.
Thanks to maidstoneonbike for the information
London / Greater London
Reporting general incidences
In London we are lucky enough to have the RoadSafe London reporting system. A simple web based form which goes straight to the Road Crime Intelligence Unit which is staffed by experienced traffic officers. They have the capability to view youtube videos and will watch videos submitted to them via the form. This form and unit is not aiming for prosecutions, if the incident is particularly bad then it is best to do the paper form method mentioned below.
RoadSafe London look to educate people in a simple way, by sending them letters. This has a noticeable impact as a few video camera cyclists have seen offenders a few weeks later and their driving has been near perfect the second time.
Reports are recorded on a database so repeat offenders are easily spotted.
Reporting serious incidences
These will need to be reported at a Police station, it can be done at any station in London or Greater London. Fill out form 207 Road Traffic Collision form, burn a copy of the whole incident on DVD or CD and take it and the form to a police station. Some of the form may not be applicable, just leave it out. I was advised by a traffic officer from RoadSafe London to fill out form 207 with this incident which resulted in the owner of the vehicle being prosecuted.
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In Northumbria they cant view videos at there call centres, not sure of the police station never used it. however they always send an officer round to view the video and the officer normally comes round the next day or the night of reporting it. Normally sorted in a few hours unless when they knock on the drivers door they dont get an answer. The police force round me is great.
easy to contact using 101 number or email.
10/10 for my police force
Thanks to PilotInCommand100 for this information
Operation Crackdown is run by Sussex police and allows you to report anti-social and dangerous driving online.
Operation Crackdown will only take action against drivers that are reported more than once.
Thanks to SheffieldCyclist for information on Operation Crackdown.
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Drive SMART allows road users in Surrey to report road incidences to Surrey Police.
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6 thoughts on “Reporting Videos to the Police”
I have reported an incident to DriveSmart on Surrey and was impressed with the response. No prosecution ensued, but I was happy with the action that was taken.
I’m going to the police station tomorrow for the first time to report some dangerous driving from today. (Horns blaring forcing me into the kerb on an empty dual carriageway). Hopefully Kent Police are good, but they don’t have any Roadsafe. Thanks for the advice Gaz 🙂
I have reported several incidents to road safe, some of which I believe to be quite serious and have not had a single response from any of them. Apparently I should have reported them to a police station. Seems that the road safe form is a bit of a waste of time?
Roadsafe will give you a standard reply but after that will rarely contact you. I have asked them if they could just give a small update, such as ‘we have sent a letter to the owner of the vehicle regarding this and the details of the vehicle have been added to our database for future records’ but alas nothing has happened.
From my experience, RoadSafe let you know if they believe the case is serious (will get somewhere with the CPS).
I’ve used Operation Crackdown to report this video. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w_sB4Sp19Zc
I received no reply and had to chase repeatedly. They eventually replied and advised that because they had no previous reports of problems with this registration they wouldn’t be following it up, not even sending a letter.
I didn’t follow this up any further, but not a good experience.
In Northumbria they cant view videos at there call centres not sure of the police station never used it. however they always send an officer round to view the video and the officer normally comes round the next day or the night of reporting it. Normally sorted in a few hours unless when they knock on the drivers door they dont get an answer. The police force round me is great.
easy to contact using 101 number or email
10/10 for my police force