Attorney Scott Diamond spoke with 6abc Action News recently for their story, “Special Report: Getting Your Own Dash Camera.” The piece focused on the question of whether drivers should install
a dash cam in their vehicles, similar to the devices which have been used
in police cars for several years. Some of the reasons offered include:
Recording the license plate number of drunk or dangerous drivers, for the
sake of reporting to law enforcement
Fighting traffic tickets with video footage that proves, for example, that
the driver did not run a red light or make an illegal turn
Document damage to the parked and unattended vehicle when others aren’t
available to serve as witnesses
For these and similar reasons, a dash cam video recorder could potentially
save drivers money, resolve legal trouble and help to make the roads safer.
As to the question of whether the devices are legal in Pennsylvania, the
story reports that they generally are provided that the monitor is not
visible to the driver.