Helmet camera recordings allowed as a source of evidence

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Helmet camera recordings allowed as a source of evidence


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Helmet camera recordings allowed as a source of evidence

British police use helmet camera footage
Motorcyclists as deputy sheriff

The police in the eastern English county of Lincolnshire are calling on motorcyclists to use their own video material against other road users and to submit them as evidence.

Jens Kratschmar


With Operation Snap, Lincolnshire police want to do more against traffic offenders and clearly prove their violations.

Sergeant everyone

For this purpose, private recordings of road users should be used if they voluntarily upload such videos and report relevant incidents. It should only be ensured that the violations of the filmed do not go hand in hand with violations by the end of the film, otherwise the police would have to pursue all the acts recorded on the video, said the Lincolnshire Police Department.

So here everyone becomes an assistant sheriff. A particular investigation focus of the Lincolnshire Police is on violations such as dangerous, inattentive or careless driving, not wearing a seat belt, driving over a red light, crossing solid white lines and of course violations where the driver clearly has no control over his own vehicle. The police do not clearly state whether speeding violations are also meant here. In addition, they could only be documented if the end of the film drives too fast and thus brings himself into the sights of the investigators. By the way: the officers are not allowed to follow videos uploaded on social media, the evidence must be submitted via the website of Operation Snap together with a written complaint.

Helmet camera recordings allowed as a source of evidence

Tobias Beyl.

Cameras placed in this way on the helmet also give an insight into your own driving style. The Lincolnshire Police Department would be equally interested in violations of the filmmaker and the filmed.

In any case, Great Britain is considered to be liberal towards the use of dashcams in cars or helmet cameras. The Lincolnshire Police’s initiative has taken on a new quality, as Operation Snap enforces and legitimizes permanent commencement of traffic solely for the purpose of possible punishment of violations. In contrast, the legal situation in Germany looks completely different. In individual cases, videos from Dashcams or Helmet cameras permitted, but video recordings exclusively for criminal prosecution remain a matter for the police – and only to a limited extent.

Up to 20 million euros fine

Within the EU there is a fine of up to 20 million euros if the use of dash cams or helmet cameras violates data protection and the recordings are made public. The unsolicited transfer of such recordings to the police is also prohibited, since no legal space should be given to the possibility of recording and storing such videos indiscriminately and without cause. Only the recording of landscapes while driving for purely private use is permitted – and here, too, data protection of third parties must be guaranteed. These recordings may not be made public.

opinion poll

Videos from helmet cameras should also serve as evidence in Germany?

Voted 291 times

No never. That only creates space for informers who create more danger than prevent.

For more security, a loosening of evidence should be considered even without an accident.

Yes, but only if people have really been injured and the question of guilt can be clearly clarified.


Isn’t that a shot in the knee? The Lincolnshire police force the filming and reporting of traffic violations and in the end open Pandora’s box. It is to be feared that innumerable traffic crimes will be reported by alleged video evidence, which actually are not and thus unnecessarily tie up police forces. In addition, many reporters probably run the risk of incriminating themselves. May the British initiative not have a model effect outside the EU, but there is powerful data protection within. Luckily.

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