Dash cams making their way into many driver's cars
Video streams from a personal dash cam as FOX Carolina reporter drives through downtown Greenville. (File/FOX Carolina)
SPARTANBURG, SC (FOX Carolina) -
Dash cams have been used for years by police and soon all drivers will have them, according to the makers of personal-use dash cams.
Bill Gremminger with Dash Cam USA said sales of his cameras are booming.
"Once the insurance companies get involved, it's going to change everything. There will be a huge incentive to own a dash cam," said Gremminger.
Gremminger said recent videos of meteors streaking across the sky in Russia were captured by dash cams and spotlight just how popular they already are in most of Europe.
"Dash cams are used all over Russia," said Gremminger. "Insurance people have a lot invested in people having their own dash cams so that they can save on their payouts. Also in Eastern Europe, there is police and court corruption so these are the great equalizer."
Cameras cost a little more than $100 and they're simple to use.
Gremminger said sales have almost doubled from last year. Deveren Werne with Liquid Video in Easley said he has installed dash cams in all of his companies cars.
"Its extremely easy to use. You just plug it into your cigarette lighter and you instantly have a camera that records to an SD card," said Werne.
Werne, who's company also installs these type of cameras for customers, said the cameras not only record what happens on the road, but they can also record GPS position and speed.
"As it becomes more available people will want it," said Werne. "The camera never lies. It only tells the truth and with video and audio you have everything."
Werne said the uses of the cameras are limitless including helping police solve crimes and figure out who's at fault in an accident.
Chad McBride with the Anderson County Sheriff's Office agrees.
"With the use of cell phone cameras and now dash cameras in cars, there is a potential for video on every block. It's definitely a new world," said McBride.
McBride said officers have been using dash cams for their safety and to provide evidence, and they can do the same thing for civilians using the technology.
"It provides accountability and can provide accountability on both ends," McBride said.
FOX Carolina contacted several local insurance agencies to see if they offer drivers discounts for having dash cameras. None of the agencies offered them for individual drivers but some offered discounts for use of the cameras in fleet vehicles.
Allstate said they offered discounts for drivers to install devices in their cars that monitor driving habits. Gremminger said that means discounts for dash cameras won't be far behind.
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