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Is It Against the Law for Me to Put a Dashcam in My Car?

February 25, 2015
Colson Hicks Eidson

The growth of technology in recent decades, especially how much of our lives we put on display through videos and images online, has made surveillance more and more common everywhere we go. So, what are the chances we could one day document trips in our automobiles as much as we do the rest of our daily lives?

A recent Mashable article has shed some light on how soon dashcams (a dashboard camera that records footage from inside an automobile from the vantage point of its occupants) might be to becoming a fixture in all automobiles. According to the piece, dashcams are popular among motorists in Asia, Russia and Europe, but so far in the US, the devices have only gained popularity amongst law enforcement.

And the problem has not been that it is illegal for US drivers to install a dashcam in their vehicle, because in the article, a spokesperson for the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) said, “There is no federal law regulating the use of dashcams.” However, the NHTSA spokesperson did note that the agency is planning to issue new distracted driving guidelines that could include dashcams.

If dashcams do become a common fixture in US automobiles, it could help clear up a lot of disputes involving car accidents, since video footage of such incidents will be more readily available. In addition, having dashcams in vehicles could help deter motorists from driving as recklessly as they might, since they will know that they could be being recorded.

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