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22 December 2017, 07:14
A new police campaign in Essex is asking road users to send in footage of dangerous behaviour on the roads to make it safer for everyone.
The Safer Essex Roads Partnership (SERP) has launched the ‘Extra Eyes’ campaign in a bid to reduce crashes – and ultimately save lives – on roads across Essex, Southend-on-Sea and Thurrock.
The Extra Eyes webpage provides a simple method for cyclists, motorcyclists and drivers to upload footage showing dangerous or illegal behaviour.
SERP points out that it is not encouraging people to go out in search of poor driving behaviour, or put themselves in danger or break the law to capture footage.
Essex Police will look at the footage and, if appropriate, contact the person caught on camera and explain what the consequences of their actions could have been.
Alternatively, the offender could be offered a driver retraining course, or in serious cases, face prosecution with the footage supplied to be used as evidence.
SERP is hoping that the publicity generated by Extra Eyes will act as a reminder to road users of the need to behave safely and considerately.
Nicola Foster, chair of SERP, said: "Most of the people who use roads across Essex do so responsibly and with care and consideration for other road users.
"However, a small number behave irresponsibly and inconsiderately and are a danger to others.
"As police officers can’t be everywhere, we are asking you to help us identify unsafe behaviours – by sending in your camera footage for review by a police officer.
"Extra Eyes is about raising awareness of the need to behave with consideration to make sure that all road users get home safely."
Examples showing the type of footage SERP is asking people to submit, along with full guidance covering how to submit footage, are available on the SERP website.