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One of the issues to tackle however, is that a camera can identify a car by its registration plate, and therefore the owner/driver, but one cannot identify a cyclist as they have no legal requirement to display a unique registration mark. This allows cyclists to effectively get off scot-free. Perhaps if all cycles had to display a registration (as all other road users do), the behaviour of many errant cyclists may be moderated.
Horrid to read how you seem to have been sidelined for not meeting the criteria of the agenda of the media outlets. Though its not exactly a new thing, the idea of reporting went to the dogs decades ago.
Personally I think all new road vehicles should be fitted with a 'black box' and cameras. After any incident, whether it be one driver wishing to report another for dangerous driving, or investigating a fatal collision, imagine how much easier it would be for the police of they could clear the road immediately, get traffic flowing again, then download all the data from the black boxes. Feed it all into a computer and it will reconstruct the accident, and identify the cause. Plus the data could be used to better identify the insurance risk category of the driver.
I agree with cameras in principle and have them fitted to a couple of our cars. However don't be fooled in to believing that the Police will prosecute a third party even with evidence. My car has front and rear HD cameras with sound recording. Last Chtistmas another vehicle in a right turn only lane pulled into the rear quarter of our car as we were pulling away from traffic lights. I stopped, he overtook on the inside and refused to stop, in spite of being followed at a safe distance for over a half mile. The audio commentary in my car from the four passengers provided a secondary record of what was happening. After making and obscene gesture and turning off I chose not to follow and called the Police who recorded the incident formally as he had failed to stop and there was over £1k of damage to my car. A few months later the third party was still denying all knowledge and finally owned up after being presented with the evidence. However the decision was made not to prosecute for failing to stop and exchange information; he was probably well over the limit anyway. My faith in the legal system is seriously jaded; guy even lied to his insurers and it's taken several months for them to accept liability. Claim is still outstanding.