'Idiot' Devon and Cornwall drivers caught on camera risking lives

New footage of "idiot" motorists risking their own and other people's lives with dangerous overtakes and near misses has been released by police. The drivers were among several drivers caught on dashcam by members of the public who reported them to Devon and Cornwall Police's Operation Snap which has caught more than 2,000 drivers since its launch in 2019.

Snapshots include dangerous overtaking of vehicles and passing too closely to cyclists, as well as one driver who ran straight through a red light near Exeter. The offences were committed across Devon and Cornwall and the Road Safety Team said each of the near misses could have "easily" resulted in a significant crash.

One motorist was caught on camera overtaking via the wrong side of the A361 North Devon Link Road. They were charged with driving without due care and fined £1032 and given five penalty points. Meanwhile, a van driver on the M5 was given a £190 fine and three penalty points after being captured dangerously swerving on the M5 exit slip road at junction 29.

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In another incident, a BMW can be seen narrowly missing striking a pedestrian as it does doughnuts on Webland Lane, Marley Head. Also guilty of driving without due car, they were fined £400 and received eight points on their licence.

Adrian Leisk, Devon & Cornwall Police’s Head of Road Safety, said the "vast majority" of road users in the region are safe and considerate, but a minority post "significant risk" to others. He said: “We really hope Operation Snap acts as a deterrent to this minority who think that they won’t be detected driving in an appalling manner.

"Many of these submissions could have so easily resulted in a serious collision with people never getting home to their loved ones. We are so grateful to the hundreds of road users who submit footage every month, enabling us to hold this incredibly poor driving to account. You are literally saving lives in doing so.

Op Snap allows members of the public to submit video evidence of traffic offences directly to the police, using increasingly common dashcams. Mr Leisk added: “As more people install dashcams and submit their footage to Op Snap, drivers are realising that poor and dangerous driving is much more likely to be caught on camera and dealt with by the police.

“But it’s not just dashcam footage you can submit – Op Snap can take action on video clips from virtually any device such as mobile phones, video doorbells, motorcycle, bicycle and helmet cameras.”

Cllr Stuart Hughes, Devon County Council’s Cabinet Member for Highway Management and vice-chair of the Vision Zero South West Road Safety Partnership added: “We are collectively committed to reducing the number of people who are killed or seriously injured on Devon and Cornwall’s roads.

“Initiatives like Op Snap play a big part in this by helping us identify those who are not driving to the required standards. I’d like to thank everyone who has submitted footage to Op Snap and would encourage anyone who witnesses poor or dangerous driving to do similar. It will help keep our roads and residents safe.”