Report: most motorists want to video others' bad behaviour

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Report: most motorists want to video others' bad behaviour


Results of a new report show that motorists often wish they could record the reckless driving of others in order to report it to the police.

The study, produced by PoliceWitness.com, has revealed that 65 per cent – almost two-thirds – often wished that they had an in-car video camera to hand in order to document the bad driving of others.


It also found that three-quarters of motorists believe that doing so in order to assist the police is not an infringement of human rights, and that 79 per cent have, in the past, wished police were present to witness and prosecute the reckless driving of others.

PoliceWitness.com is a provider of dashboard camera technology, the like of which is now popular in other countries in order to prove fault (or lack of it) after an accident.

However, the cameras can also be used to provide evidence to police of dangerous driving.

"In these austere times and with services such as the police stretched to their limits, it makes sense for the public to do their bit in helping tackle crime," says Matt Stockdale, CEO of the company.

"Motoring-related crime in particular is something that concerns most of us. As our study shows, 79 per cent of motorists have witnessed reckless driving and been powereless to do anything about it."

Stockdale adds that in-car recording equipment provided by PoliceWitness.com has resulted in hundreds of drivers being reported by members of the public.

Some of those drivers have then been prosecuted or required to attend a driver awareness course.