NORTH Yorkshire Police say they have launched a major new road safety campaign after releasing a video of “appalling” driving caught on dashcams.

Police say the video contains some of the “worst driving” in North Yorkshire following the launch of their new road safety campaign “Fatal 5”.

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The fatal five consist of careless driving, drink and drug driving, not wearing a seatbelt, excessive speed and distracted driving, including mobile phone use.

Watch the video below:

According to police, in the past five months there have been 20 fatal collisions in North Yorkshire and the campaign aims to significantly reduce that number over the next five months.

Each month there is set to be a targeted road safety operation and educational campaign to tackle each of the five causes.

The force has also introduced three all-new road safety officers as part of the push to reduce casualties.

These will co-ordinate educational work across the force and in communities throughout the country, including schools and colleges.

New traffic special constables have also been introduced with five joining the team initially.

The initiative to educate and prosecute drivers using footage supplied by the public has been relaunched, according to police, and is known as Operation Snap.

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Every piece of footage sent in is reviewed by a specially-trained police officer and if an offence is identified, the driver can be prosecuted or told to take driver improvement course.

Superintendent Emma Aldred, said: “This is an intense push on the five main causes of fatal crashes in North Yorkshire over the next five months.

“We’ll have a strong road policing presence and will be unapologetically tough on those who endanger the lives of others just so they can shave a few seconds off a journey, answer a call while driving or have that ‘one for the road’ which puts them over the limit.

“More than 90% of the collisions we deal with are due to human error. So we’re also doing a lot of work to prevent people making those poor decisions in the first place."

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To submit information or dashcam footage to Operation Snap, visit, click ‘report it’ and select ‘road traffic incident’, then follow the steps.


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