How Citizen Engagement Enables Welsh Police to Reduce Road Fatalities

Are you one of the many people who has installed a vehicle camera to protect your family?

Have you ever captured a bad driver or traffic offenses on video? What happened next?

Frustrated activist citizens may post to YouTube, but does that do anything to address the problem or help law enforcement mitigate a growing safety concern? The leading cause of death in the US among 2 to 34 year olds is automotive accidents.

Though it sounds somewhat cold, it’s a fact that the economic impact of a human loss is over $7m on average. The grief is incalculable, the statistical economic impact of accidents can be felt widely, with hundreds of millions of dollars of true long term cost.

If you google “report bad drivers,” you will get 171 million results, but the reporting process can be long, expensive and sometimes a bureaucratic dead-end in the United States. 

A novel approach now proven in the UK that empowers citizens to save lives through low-friction action presents an interesting shift with a very positive return – saving human lives – and grief.

With state and local police often overburdened with violent crime or other priority policing matters, reports of dangerous drivers or traffic offenses can sometimes just sit and wait for more back-office staff to be hired.     

Perhaps you wonder: Isn’t there an easy to use, secure way for anyone to report road incidents?

If you live in Wales, UK, the answer is a resounding yes!

Operation Snap is a joint initiative managed by GoSafe, the Wales Road Casualty Reduction Partnership, on behalf of the four forces in Wales: Dyfed-Powys Police, Gwent Police, North Wales Police and South Wales Police. It was launched to allow members of the public to report road traffic offenses using video and still (Read more...)

*** This is a Security Bloggers Network syndicated blog from Lohrmann on Cybersecurity authored by Lohrmann on Cybersecurity. Read the original post at: https://www.govtech.com/blogs/lohrmann-on-cybersecurity/how-citizen-engagement-enables-welsh-police-to-reduce-fatalities-on-the-roads.html