Home' Journeys : Aug Sep 2015 Contents Adash cam is useful to show what people are
doing. I’ve seen footage that demonstrates
sheer idiocy and I’ve thought about dobbing
somebody in. Whether the police can use such
footage is another question. You’d probably have
to make a complaint as well, a commitment of time
and effort. And posting it on social media, showing someone’s
number plate, might be getting into privacy issues.
I’d like to have a camera facing backwards, to
get footage of idiots too close to my bumper.
I don’t want to hit the brakes and send a message
that way. And I wouldn’t post the footage,
but send it to the police, so they could identify
the idiot. Maybe a visit from them would get the
message across – stay off my rear end!
Idon’t have one, but it’s a nice toy and a good way
to provide evidence of a road transgression,
although you might collect evidence pointing to
your guilt! I see cyclists and motorcyclists with
them, and I suppose they’re mostly useful for people
who feel vulnerable. I’d wonder if the footage would
be admissible in court, or at least useful in an insurance claim.
For some weeks, I have been overtaken and
nearly clipped by the same car, sometimes
several times a week. I was able to send dash
cam footage to the police via Crime Stoppers
anonymously. They figured this was an
unlicensed, unregistered vehicle, and got him off the
road. So I know from personal experience dash cams serve to
protect me – and other drivers on the road.
Idon’t have a dash cam. I don’t know why people
would use them to film themselves doing stupid
things – that’s just dumb. On the other hand,
I know people who’ve been able to get footage of
an accident, demonstrating to the insurance people
who was in the right. So I guess there’s a smart use
and not-so -smart use for them.
With more and more vehicles using dash-mounted
cameras these days, many drivers are capturing
footage of dangerous and illegal driving behaviour.
Some of the footage is being posted on social media
– but Tasmania Police are urging that the videos be
passed to them to take action. What’s your view?
Tasmania’s River Derwent is important as a tourism, recreational,
transport and commercial resource. Its significance must be
recognised and expanded to allow future economic gains for Hobart
and surrounding suburbs and towns.
One way is to commence construction of the new Bridgewater
Bridge immediately. Currently the bridge is a major bottleneck on
intrastate land transportation, as well as water-based activities. This
will only get worse in the future, with the potential for closure in
the event of a serious road crash.
Detailed planning should begin now so contracts for construction
and earthworks can be let. The design has seen extensive community
consultation and has the support of all stake-holders, including
residents, councils, and land and water transport operators. I was
part of the consultation process in the late 1990s, and again two years
ago and like all participants, hoped for an immediate start. About
a year ago, acquisition of the land corridor began; most properties
have now been acquired and the rest will be finalised soon.
However since that time, it seems nothing has happened.
If planning had been more advanced it would have allowed
contractors on the Brighton Bypass to tender for this project, thus
giving continuity of employment to workers in the construction
industry. If funds allocated for the Midland Highway were used for
the bridge planning work, much of the land-based earthworks could
begin now; this would make delays in completion of the structure
less of a problem to land and water-based transportation.
Recently the lifting span was refurbished for $15 million and I
understand such sums will be needed every five years to keep the
structure safe and in working order. This money would be better
spent on the replacement bridge.
The Bridgewater causeway is a two-kilometre section of the National
Interviews by Mike Kerr
If you have dash-cam footage you’d like Tasmania Police to
see, you can email it to Tasmania.firstname.lastname@example.org
8 Journeys AUGUST / SEPTEMBER 2015
IN OUR COMMUNITY
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