Dashcams helping to combat crazy, erratic drivers

DASHBOARD cameras are a vital piece of the puzzle when it comes to lowering the number of dangerous drivers in the region.

That's the message from Road Accident Action Group road safety co-ordinator Graeme Ransley.

Mr Ransley said RAAG was "frequently forwarded" videos displaying illegal, dangerous and erratic driving.

This prompted him to realise how much could be done with the footage.

"Several times we have sent the footage to senior management of companies where the vehicle owner can be identified," Mr Ransley said.

The responses vary, but are always taken very seriously.

Responses from employers included requesting the employees to take defensive driving courses at their own expense, and asking RAAG to address employees on low-risk driving.

"We are aware employees (driving company cars caught on dashboard cameras) have had strong counselling.

The video puts the company in very poor light in front of the public," Mr Ransley said.

With some companies, major breaches had seen employment terminated.

Mr Ransley said RAAG was aware of some footage being posted online.

"We know of footage being posted on YouTube showing company ID. Some companies even have their phone and contact details on the vehicle."

The rego number, date, time and location of the incident were often also posted.

Mr Ransley said he had also come across a YouTube channel that featured North Queensland roads, with footage that "displayed dangerous driving".

He said the companies concerned would not be very impressed with the public, and police, being able to view idiotic driving.


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