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Log on to report dangerous drivers

PUBLISHED: 10:46 15 April 2010 | UPDATED: 17:48 25 August 2010

A NEW website aimed at reducing dangerous driving has been launched in the borough. The RoadsafeLondon site will let drivers report antisocial behaviour on the roads such as racing and cash for crash scams where criminals deliberately stage collisions

A NEW website aimed at reducing dangerous driving has been launched in the borough.

The RoadsafeLondon site will let drivers report antisocial behaviour on the roads such as racing and "cash for crash" scams where criminals deliberately stage collisions to make money off insurance companies.

The scheme will initially be launched in Bromley, Bexley, Greenwich, Southwark, Lewisham and Croydon before being rolled out across London.

It was designed by traffic officers to help police clamp down on uninsured, unlicensed and disqualified drivers as well as those who regularly drink and drive.

Visitors can complete a simple online form for recording any intelligence they have and have the option of remaining anonymous.

Detective Chief Inspector Nick Chalmers, who heads the traffic crime unit, said: "Each year there is a high number of deaths on London's roads many of which are a result of dangerous driving. In 2009 there were 183 deaths, 23 per cent of which occurred in the six boroughs covered by the site.

"We hope that information supplied by members of the public will not only help us to reduce the number of deaths but also help provide a better quality of life for residents who are put at risk by those who choose to ignore the rules of the road."

The information from the website will be collated with intelligence from other sources to provide police with a fuller picture of traffic problems in the area so they can use resources more effectively.

Although the website can be accessed by people from across London, police are keen to roll it out publicly in stages to maximise its effect.

Officers said the website has already received useful information from the public on subjects including a driver who seems to be deliberately causing crashes and is already being investigated by other forces, a person who regularly drinks and drives and a junction which is badly designed and forcing drivers to make dangerous manoeuvres.

l The website can be viewed at www.met.police.uk/roadsafelondon.

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