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I was considering getting a helmet cam, which I'll also use at work... if it's legal.
I've got a job where I get in confrontations a lot... just wondering if anyone knows if it's legal to use a camera to record an incident, etc. Do I have to ask the other person for their permission? Or just tell them I'm videoing the situation?
I'm in Western Australia.
Cheers for any info!
Its legal to take pictures, moving or otherwise in public places so long as they aren't voyeur in nature.
Its legal in most states these days to run a recording device to record a conversation that you are a party to. Its pretty much illegal to record conversations that are you are not a party to (without consent of participants), unless they are taking place in public in such way a that the participants could be generally expected to be overheard by others.
Workplaces, private properties, toilets, changing rooms etc are all further problems - have to be a bit careful about the helmet on the cam if you are wearing it in some extended fashion like working with it on.
I wouldn't count on audio you've recorded being admissable as evidence in all circumstances either - the above is just some issues that you can or or cannot be charged with an offence for. You may find evidence rules for recorded audio more restrictive.
Thanks Zero. I also found this, which pretty much backs up what you just said.
http://www.edowa.org.au/files/articles/ ... ivity..pdf
So it looks good, as I work on the street surrounded by people, and every confrontation I have is definitely public!
My guess is your a parking inspector James
Was it that obvious?
Nah, it's a nice job actually.
Well paid, nice walking around in the sun, I write about 7 tickets and 7 cautions per day (no quota), and only once a day does anyone get grumpy. And of those, only one in ten are ... difficult. The rest are just venting at the cliché of the parking inspector.
It makes me glad I ride to work though, parking in the city is crazy expensive. Even without getting fined.
You weren't working at 6:45pm on the 22/11/12 were you? Wife said she couldn't find any change, I suggested she could've tried her credit card
Anyway you could do worse than one of these and add a power pack to keep it topped up. You could Velcro it to the underside of the peak of your cap. That would be sneaky. Oh, but then you're a parking inspector. (no offense intended)
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I assume we are talking about a helmet camera here?
Please start fining those people in St Georges Tce who park in the clearway times! Or tow them!
chest mounted GoPro would probably be the easiest to carry.
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James: if it is you that keeps booking my daughter's silver Lancer at UWA, give me a break. It is sending me broke. I am working on the education thing!
It seems like the education is being mis-directed. She parks inappropriately yet you pay the fine? That is just dumb. At the moment she isn't taking responsibility for her own actions.
To quote Fletch "If you can't do the time, don't do the crime".
It sounds as if she needs to learn how much cheaper it is to ride to uni, it doesn't take many fines to add up to appropriate transportation.
redned: buy her a bike!
Cam: You are right, but there is a question of liquidity. It goes "on the list" to be repaid at some undefined time in the future.
A bit like Hecs!
It's your family mate, but it doesn't sound to me like you are fostering independence.
There's an awful lot of bus trips for the cost of insurance, registration, servicing, tyres, fuel, fines.
And of course on this forum, bikes. This popped into my email today. There's a lot to like about it...
I'd guess that about ten parking fines avoided would easily pay for the price of a cheapie basic bike, like that Polygon ladies bike. So maybe in a month of random infringements she (you) will have the saved cash to pay the CC bill for the bike
Riding bikes in traffic - what seems dangerous is usually safe; what seems safe is often more dangerous.
I suspect you probably wouldn't even need to have it recording.
Most people will moderate their behaviour if they suspect that they're being filmed. Just pulling out an iPhone as an aggressive driver launches into a misdirected tirade usually shuts them up pretty quickly.
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If you are on duty - technically your employer made need to know or approve so I would get (and document) approval - best case is that is is casual without too much paperwork and bureacracy. My train of thought is that this takes some responsibility or onus off you - and assume that you may also be limited in what you are allowed to publically release. You just don't want to get into trouble - that said, I think it is a good idea and most certainly it can help avoid confrontations.
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This is very true. We get some "hooliganism" on my street, and wandering out the front just holding up my phone is enough to stop the stupid behavior. Camera on my phone no longer works, but they don't know that
If it stops moron motorists being morons then it still "works"
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A lot of Plods in this part of the world favour MD 80 type cameras as they clip easily onto the vest.
...whatever the road rules, self-preservation is the absolute priority for a cyclist when mixing it with motorised traffic.
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Yeah, the MD 80 look great for vests, and I can build a mount for my helmet easily enough.
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