Dash cam vigilantes take to the streets

September 29, 2014 | By | In News

Dash cams may have been born as a protection against reckless drivers and police corruption on Russian roads, but now more and more are finding their way onto British windscreens and bike helmets, as prices drop ever lower.

Following the proliferation of dash cams has come a wave of vigilantes on the road, who film their every journey, reporting dangerous drivers to the police and using their footage to help get convictions for the most reckless motorists, and cautions for those who still use their phones behind the wheel, despite several recent police crackdowns.

With motoring offences, videos filmed from dashboard mounted cameras are admissible as evidence, and assuming that the quality is good and the evidence can be corroborated the police will record, report and consider the circumstances of each case on its merits.

As a result it’s not just police officers that drivers have to keep an eye out for, as everyone from lorry drivers to cyclists are resorting to their own cameras. Following a number of high profile crashes between bikes and cars, many riders use head-cams for their own protection, while motorists are turning to cameras as a defence against the rising number of crash for cash scams in operation.

These cameras even prove their worth in the event of genuine accidents where both parties contest who is to blame, as police forces often don’t have the resources to properly investigate such cases.

Chief constable Giles York, from the National Policing Lead for Digital Evidence told Sky: “With motoring offences, videos filmed from dashboard mounted cameras are admissible as evidence, and assuming that the quality is good and the evidence can be corroborated the police will record, report and consider the circumstances of each case on its merits."

Picture: zhu difeng

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