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dashcam and police

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dashcam and police

Legal question I was wondering about recently.

Let's say you get involved in a collision and your dashcam shows it's not your fault.

Cops come.

Do you offer to give them your cam?

What if the officer sees you have a cam and requests you give it to him for evidence? Do you comply?

I'm just worried that once they have it, what if it gets lost? There goes all your proof.

Any opinions or knowledge about your rights?
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Forget about the officer.
You'll need it for insurance and for court if it ends up there.
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+1 ^

You can mention to the officer and collision reporting center though.
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Would it be better to not mention it and have it be a trump card? Especially if the other driver is a slimey liar.
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vkizzle wrote: Forget about the officer.
You'll need it for insurance and for court if it ends up there.
What if he insists, are they authorised to seize it for evidence?
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coriolis wrote: Would it be better to not mention it and have it be a trump card? Especially if the other driver is a slimey liar.
Yes, that's another good point. Let him hang himself.
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fred999 wrote: What if he insists, are they authorised to seize it for evidence?
Don't mention anything at all.
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coriolis wrote: Would it be better to not mention it and have it be a trump card? Especially if the officer is a slimey liar.
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Keep an USB adapter and OTG cable in your car to transfer the file to your phone.
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From what i understand you can provide it as evidence later.
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Note that insurance and police are two different entities, and one's judgement/actions doesn't neccessary correlate with the other's (and aren't required to).

I'm sure the dashcam could be used as evidence in a court/trial situation, along with being able to be used for the insurance side of things as well.
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jzmtl wrote: Keep an USB adapter and OTG cable in your car to transfer the file to your phone.
This is probably good to have and use in a situation like this, transfer the file immediately, so you have a back up.
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fred999 wrote: What if he insists, are they authorised to seize it for evidence?
I guess if you are paranoid and really want to play safe, then shutdown and remove the memory card before the cop arrives. You could just say that your dashcam is just for show and does not work. Anyway, I don't think the cop is going to force you to hand it over then and there.
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coriolis wrote: Would it be better to not mention it and have it be a trump card? Especially if the other driver is a slimey liar.
I had a similar situation. My wife was involved in an accident not at fault but the other party lied to the police officer about what happened. When we show the dashcam footage to the police officer, police charged the other driver with careless driving. When I asked the police whether the other driver will also be charged with lying to the police officer, he said it will be very difficult because the other driver can always claim "he/she believe that is what happened" hence not lying.
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IndyBeak wrote: I guess if you are paranoid and really want to play safe, then shutdown and remove the memory card before the cop arrives. You could just say that your dashcam is just for show and does not work. Anyway, I don't think the cop is going to force you to hand it over then and there.
Or you can say, your memory card died, and you haven't had the chance to replace it yet?

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