Almost half of the drivers who have been reported to Lincolnshire Police in the first six weeks of a new dashcam footage scheme could be prosecuted.

Operation Snap received 11 clips from members of the public, with action being started over five matters.

The offences included driving without due care and attention (close pass of a cycle) and contravention of a red traffic light signal.

There were also cases of a vehicle failing to comply with a lane closure road traffic signal, another not heeding a stop sign and a third failing to comply with a solid white line system.

At this stage it is too soon to predict any outcomes in those five matters but Lincolnshire Road Safety Partnership, which is managing the scheme on behalf of Lincolnshire Police, is satisfied with the scheme’s early results.

Senior manager Steve Batchelor: “We are delighted that Operation Snap is up and running in Lincolnshire.

“We are committed to helping reduce death and injury on Lincolnshire’s roads and believe this initiative will help improve road safety by identifying poor driving.

“Where eligible, we will offer drivers the opportunity to attend an educational course as an alternative to prosecution with the aim of improving driving standards.”

Under the scheme, dashcam footage can be submitted online to Lincolnshire Police’s “report a driving offence” page.

The footage is then examined and further action considered.

If there is an offence, a Notice of Intended Prosecution must be sent out within 14 days and then the registered keeper is required to confirm the identity of the driver.

The driver could then complete a National Driver Offender Retraining Scheme course, if eligible, or attend court if summoned.

Mr Batchelor said the early weeks of the initiative had enabled the technology and procedures to prove they were effective.

“Having done that we will now be looking to increase awareness of Operation Snap and increase submissions from concerned members of the public,” he added.

In 2019, there were 535 people killed or seriously injured in road traffic collisions. And 52 people lost their lives on the county’s roads in 2020.

Chief Supt Nikki Mayo, of Lincolnshire Police, said at the launch of Operation Snap on February 1: “A system to effectively process evidence of road traffic offences and poor driving will assist greatly in dealing with poor driver behaviour that can and does lead to collisions, serious injury and death on the roads of Lincolnshire.”

Six of the nine clips uploaded to the Operation Snap portal in February were dismissed – four had no offence identified, one was an out of force offence and the other was too old.

A Grantham man has described to an inquest the moment he found his wife lying in a ditch with serious injuries after her motorbike left the road for an unknown reason.

Mum-of-two Claire Williams, 35, died in hospital within a short time, the hearing in Lincoln on Wednesday was told.

Nigel Chapman reported for The Lincolnite at the inquest hearing on Wednesday, March 17.

Mrs Williams is thought to have been face down in the dry ditch for up to an hour before worried husband Ian finally managed to find her. She told him: “I just came off it.”

A collision investigator could find no obvious reason why Mrs Williams had left the A52 at Barrowby on July 15, 2020.

The most likely occurrence was target fixation – a phenomenon whereby a rider or driver becomes focused on a hazard and inadvertently ends up heading towards it and increasing the likelihood of colliding with it.

The hearing was told that, in this case, it could have been the chevron signs and verge on the series of three bends.

Mrs Williams left the road on the middle, right-hand bend before coming off the bike about 30 metres on.

Mr Williams had been riding ahead of his wife as they took a summer’s evening ride towards The Engine Yard at Belvoir Castle.

In his written evidence, he said two or three times on the A52 he’d seen that Claire was still behind him on her KTM Duke 125. He’d bought it for her brand new in late 2019 when she passed her motorcycle compulsory basic training.

Mr Williams pulled into a layby near Sedgebrook when he lost sight of his wife. He soon turned back to look for her and went up and down the stretch of road four times.

After returning home to see if she was there, he then took his car along the route and found her after first spotting the bike’s registration plate behind shrubs.

“I asked her what happened and she replied ‘I just came off it’. She didn’t say anyone else or any animal had caused her to come off it,” Mr Williams said.

“She asked me to turn her on her back but I said no due to possible back injuries.”

Shortly after arriving at hospital, Mr Williams was told the devastating news that his wife had passed away from her extensive injuries.

“I couldn’t believe it. I’d been talking to her for a few minutes from finding her to the paramedics arriving,” he said.

Lincolnshire assistant coroner Marianne Johnson concluded that Mrs Williams died as the result of a road traffic collision.

A car driver was killed in a collision after he attempted an unlawful shortcut to get on the northbound carriageway of the A1 near Grantham.

Nigel Chapman reported for The Lincolnite at the inquest hearing of 54-year-old Shaun Edward Hanmore in Lincoln on Tuesday, March 16.

An inquest hearing was told traffic emerging from Toll Bar Road at Marston and wanting to travel north must first join the southbound carriageway.

Footage from CCTV cameras at the Esso Toll Bar service station captured Mr Hanmore’s Audi A6 following a Range Rover to a gap in the central reservation designed for motorists turning right from the northbound carriageway into Toll Bar Road.

A Ford Transit van in lane one of the southbound carriageway collided with the offside of the Audi as it pulled out.

The Range Rover driver was a friend of Mr Hanmore and they were heading to an antique collectors’ fair in Newark having stayed the night at the Olde Barn Hotel.

The hearing in Lincoln on Tuesday heard that the collision was just before 6am on August 13, 2020. The CCTV footage showed around 60 vehicles – mostly lorries – pass the site in the two minutes before the incident.

The van driver said in a written statement: “I was on the inside lane of the southbound carriageway travelling at 60 miles an hour. As I approached the Esso garage, I became aware of a grey Audi stationary at the Toll Bar Road junction.

“It looked as though it wanted to go across both southbound lanes and join the northbound carriageway. It was only after the incident that I realised this manoeuvre wasn’t allowed at this junction.”

He added: “When I got to about ten yards away the Audi started to move into my lane. I immediately hit my brakes hard.”

It was estimated that the van driver had less than two seconds to react. He and his passenger suffered minor injuries.

Mr Hanmore, of Crowborough, East Sussex, suffered multiple injuries and was trapped inside the car.

Police officers gave CPR while Mr Hanmore was still in the vehicle but he was pronounced dead soon after paramedics arrived.

A collision investigator said Mr Hanmore had contravened a keep left sign and, to have completed the manoeuvre, he would have had to negotiate the traffic in six different lanes (two normal lanes and one deceleration lane in each direction).

Lincolnshire assistant coroner Marianne Johnson concluded Mr Hanmore’s death was as a result of a road traffic collision.