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Motorists may be encouraged to film and report bad driving

  • 14-12-2021 9:20pm
    Registered Users Posts: 391 ✭✭ Jeremy Sproket

    This is music to my ears ! We can finally use our dashcam footage to expediently report bad driving without having to go to a Garda station first!

    Granted, if the footage warrants a potential prosecution, then you might have to go in person, but at least you'll know something will be done. So the journey to the Garda station will be worthwhile.

    On my journey to work, the speed limit on a certain stretch of road is 60 km/h, there is a slight curvature on the road and a continuous white line, despite doing 60 km/h, ie the speed limit, I am still overtaken (over the continuous white line) by some drivers.

    Before anyone says that I am probably driving slower than 60 km/h, that may be true, but the speed at which the driver then proceeds ahead of my seems to be far in excess of the "undermeasurement" of the speedometer, so the likelihood is that they ARE speeding.

    Vulnerable road users will hopefully be safe now and hopefully cyclists can use cycle cameras as evidence. I hope this also extends to phone camera evidence of dangerous parking in bike lanes etc.



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  • Registered Users Posts: 9,649 ✭✭✭ cena

    How much are they paying for the footage 😁

  • Registered Users Posts: 11,800 ✭✭✭✭ Hello 2D Person Below

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  • Registered Users Posts: 21,960 ✭✭✭✭ AndrewJRenko

    Yeah, very busy indeed

    Strange reporting by the Times with their "motorists will be able to report...". Are motorists the only road users? Pandering to their car industry advertisers again.

  • Registered Users Posts: 50,128 ✭✭✭✭ bazz26

    And we're off..

  • Registered Users Posts: 21,960 ✭✭✭✭ AndrewJRenko

    How specifically can anyone bait another driver? What would this look like? Driving at the actual speed limit maybe and watching all the "baited" drivers zooming past?

    I've had drivers prosecuted for mobile phone use based on helmet camera footage. The current system is extremely cumbersome and very hard work.

  • Registered Users Posts: 73,754 ✭✭✭✭ Atlantic Dawn

    I'd share zero in the current environment, you could have your camera or phone seized for 2-3 years while a court case looms with your full name and address openly disclosed to a potential fooking looper in court.

  • Registered Users Posts: 26,383 ✭✭✭✭ Dempo1

    Isn't this shower already snitching and reporting bad driving behavior at enormous cost to the state 😁

    Is maith an scáthán súil charad.

  • Moderators, Sports Moderators Posts: 43,433 Mod ✭✭✭✭ magicbastarder

    Your phone seized? They just get the footage off you.

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  • Registered Users Posts: 21,960 ✭✭✭✭ AndrewJRenko

    This isn't standard procedure with dashcam or CCTV footage. One Garda did try it on recently in an attempt to deter reporting. Unless they come with a warrant, they're not getting my camera.

  • Registered Users Posts: 475 ✭✭ mickuhaha

    I am up for helping out if they set up a dedicated unit and also use the recordings of Garda braking the law to sort out the few Garda's that believe that they can operate above the law.

  • Registered Users Posts: 26,191 ✭✭✭✭ Wanderer78

    i already do my bit in helping slow traffic down, by flashing oncoming drivers, every little helps!

  • Registered Users Posts: 26,383 ✭✭✭✭ Dempo1

    Is maith an scáthán súil charad.

  • Registered Users Posts: 26,191 ✭✭✭✭ Wanderer78

    again, every little helps, just like surveillance does with dashcams!

  • Registered Users Posts: 653 ✭✭✭ DarkJager21

    What a dickhead the guy in the video is, he can't even use the road correctly but wants to white knight against everyone else?

  • Moderators, Category Moderators, Home & Garden Moderators, Recreation & Hobbies Moderators, Social & Fun Moderators Posts: 21,092 CMod ✭✭✭✭ Pawwed Rig

    The courts wouldn't be able to deal with the amount of submissions. Every cyclist (for example) could easily send in multiple instances of poor motoring behaviour everyday as could any motorbike or even a pedestrian if they wanted to equip themselves. On my 15 min walk to school with my kids I could easily spot 50 issues whether driving on footpaths, poor parking, excessive speed on school zones, ignoring lollipop ladies, red light breaking.

    This is not going to happen imo.

    I would love if it did though.

    The bad parking thread would have a new significance ;)

  • Registered Users Posts: 214 ✭✭ Stephenc66

    Interesting incident re-dash cam footage a few years ago in the UK. I was a passenger in a car that was involved in a minor crash on a roundabout.

    In this case it was the other drivers fault. As we are discussing the incident with the police on the side of the road, a driving school car stops and beckons one of the policemen over. It turns out he was on a driving lesson and had been behind us at the time of the crash. His dash cam had recorded it all. He was returning back the road after leaving his student off and spotted we were still there. One of the police officers sat into his car and viewed the footage

    I was later asked would I give a statement in court as the woman driving the other car was to be convicted of dangerous driving. I think this may have been exacerbated by the fact that there were more children in the car than there were seats for them and they were unrestrained.

    As it happened it never went to court and the other drivers insurance paid for the damage done to the car in which I was a passenger.

    I do know that the police man after viewing the footage there and then did say "well there is no doubt what happened there". I don't know if the footage its self was to be used in court but both the driver of the car I was in and myself were asked to give statements and if necessary to appear in court.

  • Registered Users, Subscribers Posts: 2,172 ✭✭✭ Raichu

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  • Posts: 18,752 ✭✭✭✭ [Deleted User]

    Is there something stopping you doing this right now?

    If you feel so strongly about someone's driving, off you pop to the Garda station, make a statement and go to court.