QLD Member of public filmed my traffic violation

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  1. Boxy

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    Member of public standing on a street corner filmed my illegal u turn. I received a postal infringement notice which I will pay. However I also received a letter from the snr sgnt saying he was given the footage from a “concerned”citizen. Are you allowed to stand on a public road and record infringements and take them directly to the police?
     
  2. Rob Legat - SBPL

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    Yes. For the most part there are no restrictions on what can and cannot be filmed and photographed in public and how that can be used and disseminated. It's then a matter for the police to decide whether there is sufficient grounds to act on that material. I would expect that the place where you did the u turn is a bit of a hot spot and has either given rise to a lot of complaints or a number of accidents. The local residents have possibly been 'encouraged' to film suspected violations rather than having to divert a regular police presence.
     
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    That really works does it?
    So you mean if i get a dash cam and film trucks pulling out of driveways on to the road in front of me without bothering giving way, (which they do all the time) i can get them fined?

    What i thought would be the flaw in this plan, is you cannot prove the date of your footage?
     
  4. Adam1user

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    To add to Rob's comment, police usually don't act only when there is an accident (in most cases) or where the person files a complaint with supporting evidence, in your case that person has filed a complaint most properly and therefore you got a ticket.
     
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  5. Tim W

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    Yes. Lawyers call this "evidence".
     
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