Tuesday Morning – Did You See That??
You may have noticed that during the past year there have been thousands of dashcam videos coming out of Russia and flooding the YouTube channels. We've certainly used a lot of them here, and almost all other fire and EMS blogs have posted some of the more spectacular videos from the land of the Volga boatmen.
It seems like almost everybody over there has suddenly, overnight mounted dashcams in their rear-view mirrors and begun recording unbelievable wrecks, haz-mat ka-booms and ambulance flips.
What brought on this rush to the Bestky Buy for dashcam purchases was a run of rampant insurance fraud where nasty guys would create auto accidents and then produce their own "witnesses" who would swear that they saw the hapless dupe cause the wreck and then claim outlandish damages against his insurance company.
Not being at all slow on the uptick, the local police jumped into the action by stopping motorists and claiming that they saw them speeding (or some other concocted violation), but they would forget it this time if the driver had a spare 20 rubles to pass along. Next thing you know…. 50,000 dashcam videos daily from Russia.
I have recently noticed that now, here in the USA, we are starting to see high-quality dashcam videos from American truckers showing up with eyewitness reports of highway mayhem. Can Joe Sixpack be far behind with his own personal dashcam? It seems inevitable and right on cue comes along an article posted online by Popular Mechanics that gives you the basics of the three quality levels of dashcams and what you can expect from them. It's not an in-depth article, but it is a good starter if you are mulling over getting one for fun and profit. CLICK HERE to read the brief posting.
So if you buy one and get it up and running, send Firegeezer a note (or video clip) and tell us about your experiences with it. We like to stay on the cutting edge of technological advances here.
Now we have to move to the cutting edge of equipment checking technique and get this emergency apparatus primed up for today's looming disasters. While you're doing that, I'll get the low-tech Bunn-O-Matic going again, then see you back in the day room.
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