Call for drivers to get armed with ‘dashcams’ to become eyes and ears of police on the roads

The G4S van with an open hatch passes the driving instructor's car. The G4S van with an open hatch passes the driving instructor's car.

Monday, January 6, 2014
12:20 PM

Police want motorists to help trap reckless drivers by sending in their videos of bad behaviour on the roads, it has been reported.

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Increasing numbers of drivers are buying dashcams cameras placed on dashboards to beat crash for cash scams or to reduce insurance premiums.

The cameras are available for as little as 70 and police forces across the country are keen to tap into a network that would give them tens of thousands of extra eyes on the road.

Dashcam footage has already been used to prosecute a driver who sped off through a junction on the wrong side of the road after a near miss.

Last year Norwich driving instructor Paul Harmes captured footage ofg a G4S van which had been driving through the city with bags of money visible through an open hatch.

Mr Harmes shot the footage as the van drove along the citys ring road, where Boundary Road becomes Sweet Briar Road.

The van overtakes Mr Harmess car at the traffic lights and when the van pulls over in a layby later on, Mr Harmes notices the money is visible through an open hatch.

What do you think? Would you think about buying a dashcam to help become the eyes and ears of the police on our roads? Post a comment below.

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