September 16, 2013 8:14 pm

Dangerous driving caught on civilian dash cams could lead to charges

REGINA – Anthony Wood first bought a dash camera to share a piece of Canada with his family.

“Mainly to let my family (in the U.K.) see the differences in driving in Canada in the winters and the road conditions,” he explained.

The footage he picks up, however, is a lot more than just slippery streets.

“I’ve caught many instances of people jumping red lights,” he said. “I’ve seen people getting cut off, tailgating, lots of speeding.”

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When someone picks up dangerous driving on a dash cam, police say it may be of interest to them.

“It would get reviewed and our traffic sergeants would weigh it and view it and see if there’s enough evidence for us to act on it,” explained Cst. Kelly Shumay, part of the traffic safety unit for Regina police.

Cst. Shumay said it has yet to happen though, but dash cam footage does carry a lot of weight when it comes from the front of his police cruiser.

“The camera is backing up what I’m saying and it provides great evidence when someone can actually watch the infraction that was committed,” he said.

During a collision, a dash cam could also be an extra tool when it comes to determining who is at fault; although SGI said it has seen very few cases at this point.

“That footage is something we could take into consideration to determine liability of that accident,” said SGI spokesperson Kelley Brinkworth.

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