Motorists who submit dash cam footage to police could be prosecuted for their own crimes
Dash cam footage can highlight your own driving mistakes which police could use to issue fines and penalties to those who recorded the footage. The claims mean road users could be punished for helping police officers identify crimes in a major blow to many.
The claims were made by monitoring lawyer, Nick Freeman, who says motorists could unintentionally self-incriminate themselves by submitting footage.
Mr Freeman claims road users must be prepared to drive like the pope if they have cameras installed in their car.
He said: “When your dash cam footage is running, you are collecting and collating evidence of your own driving as well as other motorists.
“Without a crystal ball you have no idea what is round the corner.
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The lawyer warmed motorists could face serious allegations for faking clips which could also result in a prosecution.
He said: “I have successfully defended clients whose driving was caught on someone else’s dash cam.
“Time and time again by interrogating the dash cam it is the supplier who ends up being charged and the defendant acquitted.”
Dash cam suppliers Nextbase has revealed around 10,000 dangerous driving clips have been uploaded to their National Dash Cam Safety Portal (NDCSP).
Of this, around 5,000 clips have led to some sort of police action proving footage can help identify and prosecute offenders.
Data suggests footage uploaded to the NDCSP has saved police officers over 68,000 hours of incident processing time.
Some experts say the footage can help motorists as this can act as proof in the event of an accident.
This is likely to reduce the risk of being caught out by car insurance scammers through crash for cash scams.
Katie Sexton, Halfords dash cam expert said: “We believe that the National Dash Cam Safety Portal offers drivers greater peace of mind and protection for drivers on the road.
“When used correctly, dash cams can help provide a clear record of an accident, helping the police to deal with driving offences quickly and efficiently.”
However other motoring experts have not decided to not throw their support behind the scheme.
Experts at the AA have waneed motorosts installed with dash cams should not be used as a substitute for real traffic police.
Mr Freeman said: “At the moment our highways have unintentionally become a safe passage because of robotical policing.
“The dash is but one piece of a jigsaw which involves many others”.
Published at Fri, 20 Mar 2020 14:35:00 +0000