Aided by sophisticated cameras attached to their dashboards or their bike helmets, a growing number of motorists and cyclists are taking on law-breaking drivers in an attempt to make our roads safer.
Their first port of call is Police Witness, a private company that sifts through footage
sent in by the public, assesses whether a crime may have been committed, and if so, sends it on to police forces throughout the UK. On average the firm receives up to 100 pieces of footage a week.
Dave is one of their regular contributors. A cheerful father of five — he has four children, Matthew, 11, Rebecca, eight, Tyler, three, and one-year-old Emily by his wife Leanne, and Morgan, 16, from a previous relationship — his mantra is ‘prevention is better than cure’. That, and ‘zero-tolerance for drivers using mobiles’.
For the past two years, Dave has recorded footage on his sophisticated £350 helmet camera as he makes his way by bike during rush hour from his Essex home into East London where he works as a bus driver.