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Everyone should be driving with a dashcam because people are crazy

Post by jthspace » Sun Oct 29, 2017 10:40 am

Everyone should be driving with a dashcam because people are crazy


A dash cam, dashboard camera, car DVR, or car black box is an onboard camera that continuously records the view through a vehicle's windscreen. It may be attached to the interior windscreen or to the top of the dashboard, by suction cup or adhesive-tape mount. Dashcams may provide video evidence in the event of a road accident. During parking, some dashcams still can capture video evidence if vandalism is detected.

NOTE : To be legal, the mounting must not block the drivers vision (same as dash mounting a phone, for example) and the display MUST blank when in motion. My cameras blank the screen after 30 seconds. Drivers Vision - assume the area swept by the windscreen wipers.

Dashcams are widespread in Russia as a guard against police corruption and insurance fraud, where they provide additional evidence. They have been called "ubiquitous" and "an on-line obsession", and are so prevalent that dashcam footage was the most common footage of the February 2013 Chelyabinsk meteor, which was documented from at least a dozen angles. Thousands of videos showing automobile and aircraft crashes, close calls, and attempts at insurance fraud have been uploaded to social sharing websites such as YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, Yandex, and other websites.

In the UK, sales of dash cams rocketed in 2015, which was the fastest growing consumer electronic, with sales increasing by 395%.

In China, dash cams were well known by a dramatic event of a road rage.

Dash cams have also captured numerous aviation accidents, such as National Airlines Flight 102 in 2013 and the Shoreham Airshow crash in 2015.


While dashcams are gaining in popularity as a way of protection against distortion of facts, they also attract negative attitudes for privacy concerns. This is also reflected in the laws of different countries in different and conflicting ways:

Popular in many parts of Asia, Europe (particularly the U.K., France, and Russia, where they are explicitly allowed by regulations issued in 2009 by the Ministry of the Interior ), Australia, and the U.S.

They are forbidden by law in Austria, where they carry heavy fines.

In Switzerland, their use is strongly discouraged in public space as they may contravene data protection principles.

In Germany, while small cameras for personal use in vehicles are allowed, posting footage from them on social-media sites is considered a violation of privacy and thus forbidden. Dashcam footage may only be used in exceptional cases as evidence in a German court.

In Luxembourg, it is not illegal to possess a dashcam but it is illegal to use one to capture videos or still images in a public place (which includes in a vehicle on a public road). Recording using a dashcam may result in a fine or imprisonment.

In Australia recording on public roadways is allowed as long as the recording does not infringe upon one's personal privacy in a way that may be deemed inappropriate in a court of law.

In the United States, at the federal level, "the video taping of public events is protected under the First Amendment" right. Videotaping of non-public events and videotaping-related issues, including sound recording and matters related to time of the day, venue, manner of recording, privacy concerns, implications on motor vehicle moving violation issues (such as whether the windshield view is being blocked), etc., are dealt with at the state level.

In the state of Maryland, for example, it is illegal to record anybody's voice without their consent, but it is legal to record without the other party's consent if the non-consenting party does not have a reasonable expectation of privacy with respect to the conversation that is being recorded.
In other states, including Illinois and Massachusetts, it is always illegal regardless of whether or not there is a reasonable expectation of privacy, and in such states the person doing the recording would always be in violation of the law.

In Illinois, a law was passed that makes it illegal to record law enforcement officers even while in the performance of their public official duties.

In Russia there is no law allowing or prohibiting recorders , courts almost always the video recorder attached to the analysis of the accident and the evidence of guilt or innocence of the driver,this is already more than 90% of drivers of Russia uses such systems.

So, if you have one and drive on the Continent, check if you can use the camera.

My Mitsubishi has two, front and rear, with a warning sticker "In-Car Video" - it is amazing how many people start to tail-gate and then pull well back when they see the sticker; I would recommend you get some (Amazon) as they really do work. The cameras are eBay/Amazon cheap ones and record about 8 hours of video in 10 minute save slots, recording over the oldest when space runs out (32Gb micro memory cards). About £20 each plus memory cards. The front one comes on with the ignition and turns off 5 minutes after leaving the car. The back one is manually switched. ... B00G9WRPEC


The Eunos has a rather more expensive one with a GPS module fitted which also records GPS data (speed, route etc) and cost £70 plus a memory card.

Highly recommended.
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Re: Everyone should be driving with a dashcam because people are crazy

Post by zagruzchik » Sun Oct 29, 2017 11:14 am

Very popular and necessary in Eastern Europe - much insurance fraud and walking people pretending to be hit by cars

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