Kenneth asked: I’m a daily 25-mile bicycle commuter. I try hard to lead by example, wearing full safety equipment and lighting, following all traffic rules (including full-stops at stop-signs) and generally be a courteous road sharer. Despite this, I am daily shocked at the stupidity, aggression and overt hostility of many drivers.
On-Bike camera technology now exists to record video and audio in ultra-high definition, along with time/date stamps, GPS location and speed data, and in come cases, even radar/ultrasonic closure rates and parallax angles to determine clearance of passing cars.
Is any of this data/evidence of actionable value to law enforcement or admissible in a court for traffic code enforcement? I don’t want to sound like a whinny tattletale, but for most folks a “gentle reminder” from police that there is video of them breaking the law and endangering peoples lives, and what the laws are, would go a long way. Most folks are decent, if clueless.
Thus far, it appears 3rd party video evidence seems only to be used in accident/deaths in criminal case.
Before I drop $500+ on such a system it would be nice to know if it could be useful for something other than documenting my death.
I’m afraid that the information garnered would not be accepted by law enforcement or the courts unless it is used to actually document an incident under investigation, either criminal or civil violation. As you seem to be aware, those incidents only seem to warrant police investigation when a crash or other such action occurs.
Another use for video evidence is to document activities for presentation by the media. I am aware of one such case in which video made the news about drivers habitually running stop signs in a community. I don’t know if it produced any meaningful results.
One of the problems with using video and other data for enforcement purposes is that the equipment used must meet certain standards, such as calibration, to be useful in court.
Please see this post on the subject, particularly Dwight’s comment.