Watch: Police share videos of scarily bad driving on North Yorkshire roads

You can upload dashcam footage direct to North Yorkshire Police
16 Oct 2019 @ 6.15 pm
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This is how not to get to your destination safely.

North Yorkshire Police have shared three videos of crazy driving filmed by the public as it launched a road safety campaign.

Dashcam footage captured by road users and sent to police as part of Operation Spartan has resulted in drivers being convicted of dangerous driving and other serious road offences.

Dangerous driving 1

A 4×4 driver who squeezed between two vehicles as they travelled at speed on the A59 was banned from driving for 18 months and made to do unpaid community work after another driver sent dashcam footage to Op Spartan officers. He was convicted of dangerous driving and failing to stop after a collision.

As part of today’s relaunch, upgrades will make it quicker and easier for members of the public to share footage with officers.

They can also easily submit a written description of the offence if they do not have video.

Specially-trained officers will review every report to see if an offence has been captured and whether they can prosecute the offender.

Motorists may then be taken to court, where they could face fines, penalty points, a driving ban or even a prison sentence.

Dangerous driving 2

A man was banned from driving for a year for a dangerous undertake and erratic driving on the A1(M).

Dangerous driving 3

A man who was given a suspended prison sentence for dangerous driving after a shocking high-speed overtake on the A19 in the face of oncoming traffic. He was also banned from driving for 20 months after the footage was used in his court case.

Inspector Jeremy Bartley, who leads Op Spartan, said:

  • Even very experienced traffic officers sometimes gasp at the dashcam footage we’re sent by members of the public as part of Op Spartan.

    It shows astonishingly bad driving that could have killed or horrifically injured innocent road users.

    We police 6,000 miles of road 365 days of the year but we can’t be everywhere, and Operation Spartan has been a huge hit with the public. So we’ve relaunched it with upgrades to the way dashcam footage can be submitted, improvements to the web page and more.

    This makes the whole process a lot easier and quicker – people can send us reports of bad driving in just a few clicks.

To share dashcam footage or written information about bad driving you have experienced, and for more information about Op Spartan, visit the special page on the North Yorkshire Police website.