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ICBC Doesn't Want You to Have a Dash Cam. Why?

Jeffrey S. Witten, B.A., LL.B.
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Dashboard cameras, friend or foe? Well, that depends on whom you ask.

Alex Jang, a science student at UBC, and has begun a dash cam distributorship in Canada. And Jang doesn't just sell the cameras—he uses them in his car. So far, he has captured several accidents and acts of vandalism and was even able to find the person who hit his car in a parking lot.

"Because I have a camera, because it was on video, they caught the guy and I got away without paying a $300 deductible," said Jang.

And while it seems that this is a great testimonial for dash cameras, not everyone feels the same way.

ICBC Weighs In

On dashboard cams, ICBC has this to say, "Driving is a complex task that requires our full attention," said an ICBS spokesperson in an emailed reply to the Province. "While it is not illegal to have a mounted camera in a vehicle...we don't encourage the use of any electronic devices while driving because there is always the potential for it to be a distraction."

Come on! While I understand that an electronic device can be a distraction, in this case, you would think that ICBC would welcome the footage. And, as it turns out, at least one of their adjustors takes issue with their stance.

Are They Right?

One adjustor, who did not want her name used, is all for dashboard cameras. "Absolutely, they're a good idea," she said.

And, there seems to be mounting evidence that she is right. For example, Brittany Bandura was driving when her camera caught a car flipping during a crash on Highway 1. The footage from the camera was used by the RCMP as evidence.

As an attorney, I see this as a perfect example of how dashboard cams could help prove fault and protect the rights of accident victims. We all know the witness statements are not 100 percent reliable, but the testimonial of a dashboard camera is bulletproof! There is simply no way to deny what the camera records.

What do you think? Do you believe that cameras could help prove fault? Or, do you worry that they are an invasion of privacy? Please weigh in here or visit our Facebook page and let us know what you think!

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