Drivers with dashcams could have their own footage used against them
Many drivers fit a dashcam to their car in order to capture the bad driving of others. This can be invaluable in the event of insurance fraud, and can prove fault where otherwise police and insurers would have to rely on "my word against yours".
But dashcam owners could be left in a sticky situation if they themselves are caught breaking the rules of the road. By law, police have the right to ask drivers to submit their own footage for review – and refusing to do so could carry an even worse penalty.
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Police can use camera footage and GPS data to confirm if a driver was speeding, for example, or prove a piece of bad driving that was not captured on the police cruiser's own camera.
Denying police access to this footage, or tampering with it could lead to serious complications, and you may even be accused of perverting the course of justice – which carries an average jail term of 10 months.
Though cameras are legal in the UK, their use is restricted in certain countries. In Austria, for example, the use of dashcams is banned entirely, while in the USA, it's up to the state you're travelling in.
Head of technical policy and advice at driving organisation IAM Roadsmart, Tim Shallcross, said: "The dashcam can be a double-edged sword. It may show that you were not to blame in a crash, but the camera itself and any memory card used with it can be seized by the police if they suspect an offence has been committed.
"The internet now has lots of examples of drivers and riders who have been convicted on the evidence of their own helmet camera or dashcam."
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