Dash cam

Drive like you’re being filmed, dash cam experts warn

With one in five vehicles now fitted with a dash cam, motorists are being warned to “drive like they’re being filmed” every time they get behind the wheel.

With many people now sending police footage of driving offenses every day, the chances of being reported for an offense caught on a dash cam are higher than ever.

The warning comes from experts in dashcam video analysis at the non-profit organization Road Safety Support, which regularly reviews video footage for police forces to use in legal proceedings. It’s timed to coincide with National Dashcam Day, launched last year by dashcam maker Nextbase, which takes place on Friday, August 5, 2022.

Dashcam footage can be used to prosecute motorists for a range of offenses including speeding, dangerous or reckless driving and driving while using a mobile phone. Dashcam footage has even been used as evidence in murder cases.

Steve Callaghan, technical expert at Road Safety Support and head of its “ISO 17025 Speed ​​Calibration Lab”, said: “The police can’t be on every road 24/7, but the public can. With so many dash cams in use, and with the increase in the number of cyclists wearing front-facing cameras, there’s a really good chance that road users will be caught on camera at some point during every ride they take.

“In terms of reducing traffic accidents, a dash cam is really a powerful tool, creating a strong deterrent against traffic violations. Nowadays, the chances of being caught by a dash cam are high, so offenses like speeding and using your cell phone while driving really aren’t worth the risk.

That warning is backed up by figures released today by dash cam maker Nextbase, which show that more than 57,000 dangerous driving video clips were sent to its nationwide dash cam safety portal ( NDCSP) online since 2018. Of these, 70% have been used. as evidence to punish the guilty. Road users can also submit their images directly to individual police forces, so this number is likely to be much higher.

Every day on British roads, an average of five people die and more than 60 are seriously injured. RoadPeace, the national road casualties charity, strongly supports the use of dash cams in reducing road deaths and injuries.

Sara Dowling, Deputy Managing Director and Chief Operating Officer at RoadPeace, said: “Road crashes shatter so many lives in an instant and cause immense suffering to victims, families, friends and communities. Dash cameras now have such an important role to play in deterring road crime and bringing offenders to justice. They act as a powerful deterrent against speeding and improper and dangerous driving and they provide valuable resources to support overstretched traffic police.

“RoadPeace strongly supports the use of dash cams to help enforce traffic laws and reduce road deaths and injuries.”

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