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Here's Why So Many Russians Have Dash Cams

No, you're not imagining things, Russian drivers are inordinately good at capturing highway drama as it happens. There's no better example than the multiple amateur videos of the 10-ton meteor that crashed to Earth in Russia on Friday, exploding over the sky and injuring hundreds in the process.

So far at least two stunning videos of the meteor's bright trail and then burst of brilliant light have hit YouTube and, if numbers and the laws of averages have anything to do with it, more are surely to emerge.

According to a report last year by Al Jazeera, an estimated one million Russian motorists have dashboard video cameras installed in their cars. This is not to capture moments like the meteor flight or even miraculous survivals of horrifying highway crashes. No, Al Jazeera reported that the cams are there to help stamp out police corruption.
New York Blogger Marina Galperina, who originally hails from Russia, wrote a fascinating piece last year about Russia's dash cam culture. Galperina called the cams "Russia's last hope for civility and survival on the road." The country's roads are "perilous" and, she wrote, "psychopaths are abundant."

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Well duh

We had to record the conventions, did we not?

Dash Cams--Not only for Russians!

We are rapidly moving in the direction where having more videocam records of Police activity (or brutality) is called for! Insurance fraud (and car theft) are also worsening problems in the country governed by the DC/ NYO occupation regime!

Hey, they think nothing of surveillence of their serfs every chance they get!


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Russians and cameras

First, here is a nice compilation of Russian videos featuring the meteor: http://biertijd.com/mediaplayer/?itemid=39667

And here is #149!!! of the compilation called "Crash Galore"...obviously, theres LOTS of these going on!! LOL


Silence isn't always golden....sometimes it's yellow.

"The liberties of a people never were, nor ever will be, secure, when the transactions of their rulers may be concealed from them." - Patrick Henry


As they say in Japaneese.

That's why I'll never live in snow country again. WTF4? Who needs all those extra problems in life that snow brings? Life Is Hard Enough = LIHE, Snow Sucks!

I could go on and on about my snow sucks stories, but I'll save you all of that.....

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That might be a reason, but

That might be a reason, but my best friend is from Russia and he said people have dash cams to have proof in car accidents who was really at fault. It's to prevent insurance fraud.

Another thing...

While the cams may be there to also help stamp out police corruption, there is another large problem that they attempt to solve.

Insurance fraud is more common than I had even thought in Russia; and some insurance companies require drivers to have a dash-cam. There are hundreds of videos/compilations you can watch online of people literally jumping in front of cars to try to get insurance money out of them. The dash-cams record these events by the hundreds (not only in Russia) and are a large reason the dash-cams are so prominent.

They are fairly comical to watch as well.

Oops. I posted a comment

Oops. I posted a comment before reading others' comments. I agree, it's mainly to prevent insurance fraud.

Alcoholics under the wheel

generate amusement for the few sober left.

This is genius

I'm buying a dash cam asap. I didn't know they were so affordable, I have run ins with the police all the time because I refuse to cooperate during checkpoints.

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    In Russia it is OK to film the corrupt police while in "The Land of the Free" (free from what exactly?) it is not OK.


    In Russia corrupt police smash the camera and beat the motorist

    In Russia, corrupt police smash the camera and beat the motorist for even presuming to film their abuse.

    Its more of a "peace of mind" thing than something that would stand up in a Russian court of law. ("law." heh. heh.)

    "Cowards & idiots can come along for the ride but they gotta sit in the back seat!"

    Is that your cynicism speaking,

    or actual knowledge? What's your source? I'm not saying you're wrong, just wondering.

    Recommended reading: The Most Dangerous Superstition by Larken Rose

    Mostly cynicism based on Russian testimony + experience

    Mostly cynicism based on Russian testimony with a little bit of experience thrown in.

    I've been to Russia every year for ten years, and have never been in a motor altercation but I hear the stories of what jerks the militia are.

    I was yelled at by a militiaman for no reason once; he simply wanted me to move instead of just standing there. And he said so with a swear between each word.

    Oh, they changed their names to "police" as a P.R. thing, but they still act like total jerks.

    "Cowards & idiots can come along for the ride but they gotta sit in the back seat!"