'I am the victim; the camera is the witness': Digital video evidence of traffic offences and the perspective of vulnerable road users

This paper focuses on one aspect of the findings of a Road Safety Trust funded project exploring the subject of road user submission of digital video evidence to the police. These submissions are often referred to using the shorthand of 'dash cam' but, we will argue, this misrepresents the landscape given that our research has found that a very significant number of submissions are actually made by vulnerable road users.

We focus here on the way cyclists engage with the police around the submission of evidence from cameras, paying particular attention to their motivations and expectations. Drawing on interviews with road users and force staff, we explore how police and cyclists differ in their framing of incidents on the road and in their perspectives on safety, risk and the appropriate role of the police. The paper also reflects on the ways in which policing responds to and understands these particular experiences. We finish with a review of the main recommendations that have emerged from this 18-month project.

Dr Helen Wells, Senior Lecturer in Criminology, Keele University

Dr Helen Wells is a senior lecturer in Criminology at Keele University and director of the Roads Policing Academic Network.

She has many years' experience researching roads policing topics including the use of speed cameras, ANPR, distracted driving, attitudes to roads policing, and uninsured driving.

Dr Santiago Amietta, Lecturer in Criminology, Keele University

Dr Santiago Amietta is a lecturer in Criminology at Keele University.

His research focuses on lay people's participation in criminal justice processes and everyday experiences of the law and legal institutions, a perspective he has recently brought to the study of roads use, safety, and policing.