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Car Cameras and Black Boxes in Canberra?

By mcleodwealth 7 September 2012 24

My wife and experience the daily nerve racking experience of Canberra commuting.  It seems every second day at least we see another accident.  Seven deaths in Canberra roads this year, and I dread to think of how many serious injuries or even insurance nightmares and work interruptions people are suffering every day.  Fatalities are only the tip of the reported ice berg.  So we’ve had enough.

One day I accept that one of these idiots who cut people off, overtake on bends, routinely break the speed limit or beep at you for doing the speed limit, drive right on your tail as you have to slow down for a traffic jam – will hit us.  And when they do, I intend to nail them hard in court with no chance of weasling out of it.

So I’m looking for car camera and black boxes.  A quick search on Google throws up many options – it seems we are not alone and a whole industry is springing up around collecting evidence on dangerous drivers.

Does anyone have any advice on the technical or legal side?

If anything can we Youtube footage of these idiots and hopefully spur others to do the same, potentially leading to a preventive complaint before they kill or injure an innocent victim?  Could we start a Youtube channel and tag by number plate?

It would seem that even $400 is a small price to pay for conclusive evidence in the name of road safety.

And we don’t understand it, it’s not like Canberra is world famous for its long commute times and traffic jams and poor road conditions.  So what gives?  Why does it seem there are so many on the road with bad attitude?

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mcleodwealth 9:07 pm 07 Sep 12

screaming banshee said :

Picked up a in car camera for both cars from officeworks for about $90 each, suction cap to the windscreen, cigarette lighter input, records whenever the ignition is on (via cig lighter power) and constantly writes over oldest data on the SD card. HD video give us about 4hrs on a (16 or 32 gig, I cant remember) card. Reviewed a few recordings and the quality is pretty good, you get to record yourself yelling abuse also.

Not a bad option, I might check it out. This is all we need.

nothappyjan said :

If you already have an Android phone, windscreen holder, and car charger you can get a very good free app that will do as much, if not more, than many of the basic dedicated cameras on the market:

http://www.dailyroads.com/voyager.php

Good point too… I do have an old Android phone I was going to leave installed as a dedicated GPS anyway so I could look at this. Should do at least 720p. I’m keen on recording the rear though too.

Thanks, good suggestions.

So can video footage be submitted as evidence in a court?

mcleodwealth 8:56 pm 07 Sep 12

screaming banshee said :

Picked up a in car camera for both cars from officeworks for about $90 each, suction cap to the windscreen, cigarette lighter input, records whenever the ignition is on (via cig lighter power) and constantly writes over oldest data on the SD card. HD video give us about 4hrs on a (16 or 32 gig, I cant remember) card. Reviewed a few recordings and the quality is pretty good, you get to record yourself yelling abuse also.

Not a bad option, I might check it out. This is all we need.

nothappyjan said :

If you already have an Android phone, windscreen holder, and car charger you can get a very good free app that will do as much, if not more, than many of the basic dedicated cameras on the market:

http://www.dailyroads.com/voyager.php

Good point too… I do have an old Android phone I was going to leave installed as a dedicated GPS anyway so I could look at this. Should do at least 720p. I’m keen on recording the rear though too.

Thanks, good suggestions. The Android phone combined with a rear camera would make a fantastic cost effective solution, just need a way to automate it. I already run ‘Tasker’ on my phones so there may be a way through that. Plus I get a free GPS nav system.. Bonus…

So can video footage and a phone GPS log be submitted as evidence in a court? Why were the other sites taken down that posted footage of scumbag drivers?

nothappyjan 7:51 pm 07 Sep 12

Not sure if this was just a free advertisement for that Aussie reseller of the same cameras you can find on ebay for much less, but anyway…..

If you already have an Android phone, windscreen holder, and car charger you can get a very good free app that will do as much, if not more, than many of the basic dedicated cameras on the market:

http://www.dailyroads.com/voyager.php

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