Extra Eyes - how you can help
You can help us reduce collisions and casualties – and make roads across Essex roads even safer – by reporting instances of poor and dangerous driving.
Most of the people who use the roads across Essex do so responsibly and with care and consideration for others.
However, some road users occasionally behave irresponsibly or inconsiderately, and a smaller number behave like this regularly. These are the people most likely to cause a collision and present the highest risk of harm to themselves and others.
We want your help to identify these people.
Essex Police has a range of tools at its disposal, but the help you can provide through your ‘Extra Eyes’ on the road will be invaluable in helping us identify and deal with offenders.
The increasing availability of mass market ‘on the go’ cameras means more irresponsible, dangerous and illegal road behaviour is being recorded in video form than ever before. Through ‘Extra Eyes’, this footage can be sent to us for review by a roads policing investigator from Essex Police’s Casualty Reduction Section.
In appropriate cases we will have no hesitation in taking positive action against offenders, using the evidence that you supply.
Where appropriate, offenders will be offered a driver improvement course at their expense in order to educate them and ultimately improve their attitude towards driving. Where the criteria for one of these courses is not met, a fixed penalty notice or escalation to court proceedings may follow.
Please note the following important points:
- We are not encouraging anyone to go out in search of poor driving behaviour
- You must not put yourself in danger or break the law to capture footage
- Footage should be unedited, clear and in focus
- Footage should depict dangerous, reckless or inappropriate driving behaviour
- Vehicles should be identifiable
- You should send your footage along with a short account of what you saw
- You must be willing to attend court and give evidence
- The footage should be submitted within 48 hours of the incident
If you have no video footage, third party evidence will be required in order to allow the possibility of further action. Third party evidence has to be independent from you and your vehicle and all witnesses will need to understand they may be required to give evidence in court.
**PLEASE NOTE: Before submitting your footage please ensure you have read and understood the instructions above. If your submission does not relate to a driving complaint it will be disregarded.
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Thank to Lind Motorcycles of Norwich for their help in producing the photographs for this campaign.