Please read these frequently asked questions before submitting your footage.
Safer Roads Media Submissions is a police response to the ever increasing submissions of video evidence from members of the public in relation to witnessed driving offences.
An assessment will be made of the submission and any offences identified will be considered for further action and/or prosecution based on the available evidence.
No. The Police cannot enhance recorded footage. If the Police cannot read the number plate further action will not be possible.
If the offence occurred in West Yorkshire please follow this link [LINK]. If it was elsewhere in the UK visit the relevant Police Force website.
No, the device used to record the incident will not be taken from you.
It will be your responsibility to ensure that the original footage is preserved in its original format dependent on how it is stored on the device. This could be for example on the internal memory of the device or perhaps on an external storage medium such as an SD card.
No. The police do not replace memory cards or devices in any circumstances.
If you have uploaded the footage to social media, pleave remove it. Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) advice is that your footage should not be in the public domain as this may adversely affect any subsequent proceedings. Please fill in the Safer Roads Media Submissions web form and start the process with us.
Yes, as part of the Criminal Justice process, and in order to allow the Police to deal with the offender in an appropriate manner, you will be required to provide a statement. However, this can be completed online and the majority of the statement will be populated as a result of you answering some simple pre-formatted questions.
The police may not be able to prosecute the offence without you being willing to attend court.
You must be aware that when the Police review the footage which you submit that they are duty bound to also review the manner of your driving and also the manner in which the footage was obtained.
There are a number of disposal methods available dependent on the nature of the offence. The driver may receive an offer of a Driver Education Course, a Fixed Penalty Notice, a summons to attend Court or we may decide we are unable to take any further action. The footage and statement will have been reviewed by an experienced officer who will take all factors into consideration, including current CPS charging standards.
Evidence will be accepted in the form of video footage. Still photographs will not be accepted.
Ideally the date and time should be correct. The video footage is used to support your written witness testimony. You must account for any discrepancies in date/time within your witness evidence presented to us. Your witness statement must clearly state what time/date the incident occurred.
No. We need your statement; we need to fully understand the situation and people have a right to have matters heard in a court of law. Please fill in the web form. We will be in touch if you are required to attend court and support you through the process.
The evidence you provide to the police through Safer Roads Media Submissions (including video footage and statement) will be reviewed by an experienced officer to firstly establish if an offence has been committed and to identify the specific offence. If an offence is detected, it will then be dealt with accordingly. The assessment of the evidence must meet the required evidential and public interest test in order to justify a prosecution.
The offending driver will not be provided with your details. However, on the rare occasion that the offence which you have reported results in a Court appearance, then at this stage the offending driver will become aware of your name and occupation. Your address and other personal details will remain confidential.
The types of offences submitted via this website generally have a 6 month limit for prosecutions. For some offences the law requires that the driver is identified and informed within 14 days of the alleged offence committed. Please make your submissions as soon as possible. Even if 14 days have passed, please submit your evidence as the Police may still be able to take action.
At the moment this facility is for submitting evidence regarding road traffic offences only. If your footage relates to any other offences please refer to West Yorkshire Police’s website.
Footage will be stored securely in accordance with the Management of Police information (MoPI)
The footage should include the whole incident and wherever possible, should include 1 minute prior and 1 minute after the commission of the offence. The footage should not be any longer than 10 minutes in duration.
Footage submitted to West Yorkshire Police may be used for media/training/publication purposes.