Bad drivers caught on video
NEXT time you think about speeding past that truck up ahead, think again.
You could be caught on camera.
A growing number of road users are fitting video recording devices to their vehicles, according to Graeme Ransley, of Mackay's Road Accident Action Group.
Mr Ransley said drivers were using the latest video technology to record their trips.
He said in the event of an incident they had proof of actual events.
"There are numerous truckies with cameras fitted front and rear," Mr Ransley said.
"They are recording driving behaviours of others on the roads then download the footage at the end of their trips.
"They are recording events before, during and after the crash or incident."
Mr Ransley said a number of cyclists were riding with front and rear cameras, filming the habits of other motorists.
"I know a cyclist who has recorded footage of a motorist doing the wrong thing," he said.
"This cyclist has taken his footage to police and requested charges be laid using the video as evidence."
Sergeant Shane Edwards, of Mackay Traffic Branch, said contributed video footage had been used to assist with investigations.
He said police would interview the motorist involved before deciding if further action should be taken.
"If there was an offence committed, that was captured by video, we would certainly look at it," he said.
"The person who took the footage would have to go to court and enter that footage as evidence."
But Sgt Edwards stressed police did not want motorists taking on the work of police.
"We don't want any vigilantes out there," he said.
"We don't want people taking the law into their own hands."
A police spokesman said the placement of video cameras in vehicles was becoming more common.
"A lot of people do record their driving, it certainly makes things easier in court," he said.
"With the price of cameras, more and more drivers are doing this."
He said the cameras were readily available and "dirt cheap" to purchase these days.