Drones are being used by specially trained officers to help monitor, identify and if necessary, prosecute road users that drive or ride dangerously at collision hotspots on Powys roads.
Dyfed-Powys Police has some of the most popular routes in the UK for drivers and motorcyclists, and in the summer it welcomes large numbers of road users into the force area to enjoy the stunning scenery.
Unfortunately, a small minority of riders and motorists continue to drive in a dangerous, reckless, or anti-social manner, which impacts on the safety of themselves and other road users.
This is reflected in the number of people seriously hurt or killed on Powys roads – last year the county saw 90 serious-injury collisions and 13 fatalities.
Dyfed-Powys Police is using the specialist kit to identify drivers committing the Fatal 5 offences, such as careless driving, speeding and using a mobile phone, with suspected sightings relayed to officers on the ground to follow-up.
Officers will be taking a highly targeted approach to this new initiative and activities will be carefully focused on key ‘hot spots’ which have been identified from collision data and other relevant information.