Reader video tapes, publishes bad driving behavior

Dear Street Smarts, Q: I've started a YouTube channel to spread awareness about some of the unsafe driving habits in our county. I bought a dash cam, and will be recording every drive. I've based my channel off other YouTube channels of a similar subject such as: Bad Drivers of Napa: http://www.youtube.com/user/BadDriversOfNapa Bad Drivers of Southern California: www.youtube.com/user/kyogre6444 There are many more... I figured that Santa Cruz could use a similar YouTube channel, based on my 9 years of driving in the area wishing I had a dash cam to record many of dangerous things I see on our roads. Any way that you can promote my first video would be much appreciated. Thanks! Episode one: http://youtu.be/mHX-aEV5yEo. There will be MUCH more to come! Sincerely, Bad Drivers of Santa Cruz, via email A: Wow! Thank you for sending that in. I see that kind of behavior depicted in your video almost every time I go out and about. I wonder if seeing this type of video filmed locally will get people to thinking more about their actions and how close they are to causing a collision. Meanwhile, I forwarded your website to the local CHP office to take a gander at. “It is definitely  an interesting idea,” said officer Brad Sadek. “I cannot specifically encourage it due to the 'distracted driving' element of it. Many internet videos of bad drivers come from cell phone cameras. It is both unsafe and illegal to operate a hand held cellphone while driving, even if recording a video. Additionally, having a compact video camera mounted on the windshield of a vehicle can be a visual hazard for the driver and, depending on its location, might be illegal.” Sadek sited California Vehicle Code section 26708, which discusses the things drivers can and cannot have affixed to their windshield. Among the many things this 14 subsection law addresses, it provides that “A video event recorder with the capability of monitoring driver performance to improve driver safety, which may be mounted in a seven-inch square in the lower corner of the windshield farthest removed from the driver (or passenger side), in a five-inch square in the lower corner of the windshield nearest to the driver and outside of an airbag deployment zone (driver's side), or in a five-inch square mounted to the center uppermost portion of the interior of the windshield (near the rear view mirror).”
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One Response to Reader video tapes, publishes bad driving behavior

  1. NoNonsense says:

    I also record while I drive. Just to be clear, my recording device sits in a holder and I do not touch it while driving. I turn it of and on only when I get home or to my destination. I’m sure glad I had it running yesterday. Someone failed to yield at a roundabout and nearly ran into me! Thankfully, no harm done. The woman even had her head down and wasn’t paying attention to the road!

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