Driver Facing Cameras

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Barry L.'s Comment
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Hi, everyone. I'm just wondering if there is anyone out there currently driving for Knight that can tell me if they employ the use of driver facing cameras. Thanks in advance.

Old School's Comment
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The answer is no. Their dash cam only faces forward and does not record audio or video from inside the cab.

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JoAnne EC's Comment
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Are driver-facing cameras common? I feel like they'd be a distraction (make you self-conscious and constantly thinking about them?) Would be interested to hear others' takes on this!

Old School's Comment
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JoAnne, here's a link to a former discussion about this subject.

How Do You Feel About Driver Facing Cameras?

The thing you have to realize is that nobody is constantky watching you or monitoring you. They are triggered by critical events. In a crash it may help to see what the driver was doing. More than anything the cameras are used to coach at risk drivers so they can improve their performance.

You can put "driver facing camera" in the search bar at the top of this page and find some lively discussions on the subject. It is a subject which is full of misunderstandings.

JoAnne EC's Comment
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JoAnne, here's a link to a former discussion about this subject.

How Do You Feel About Driver Facing Cameras?

The thing you have to realize is that nobody is constantky watching you or monitoring you. They are triggered by critical events. In a crash it may help to see what the driver was doing. More than anything the cameras are used to coach at risk drivers so they can improve their performance.

You can put "driver facing camera" in the search bar at the top of this page and find some lively discussions on the subject. It is a subject which is full of misunderstandings.

Great! Thanks for the input, Old School. I will check out that article! =) Thanks again to everyone who posts and contributes - this forum is absolutely invaluable!

G-Town's Comment
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Here are is a search short-cut on the subject:

Search Results for Camera Technology

Pete E Pothole's Comment
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As someone who will begin school in February, with a company that uses interior facing cameras, I feel that I hope to be doing everything safely so I don't feel I need to worry about if/when it is recording. Everything I have read is that it only records when it is triggered by an "event", I have always been a "by-the-book" kind of guy so the prospect of being watched if they do have the ability to turn the cameras on when they want won't bother me anyway.

JuiceBox's Comment
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Are driver-facing cameras common? I feel like they'd be a distraction (make you self-conscious and constantly thinking about them?) Would be interested to hear others' takes on this!

I drove with one for a year and I didn't mind it. After a while you forget it's there. Every now and then I would look up and see that it was recording due to uncontrollable events such as marked lanes being screwy in construction zones or being cut off by a driver and said driver immediately slows down in front of me(not a hard braking event but a following distance event). I might have had a conversation with the camera during those instances but I never heard anything from safety. I did hear of drivers being routed to terminals to review some recordings and some fired for what was recorded(such as using a cell phone without the use of a hands free device).

The driver facing camera is a deal breaker to some and others simply do not care. All I can tell you is that from my personal experience with it, I was both physically and emotionally unaffected by its presence.

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Big Scott (CFI's biggest 's Comment
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CFI is going to be installing forward facing cameras very soon. We were told that these will only record under certain conditions and said we are still free to have our own. Also a personal dash cam is always on and is better for CYA. The cameras CFI will be putting in will have a driver facing option. They will use those for people who require more training. That would mean you are not driving safely. As far as I'm concerned, as long as it doesn't block my view, I don't care.

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Aubrey M.'s Comment
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Just as locks keep honest people honest, I think the camera will just reinforce good driving habits (when your cellphone beeps and you want to reach for it to see that message, you will hopefully reconsider).

I just saw a driver all over the road today and when I got up beside him to pass (when he was far enough back in his lane) he had one hand on the wheel, and was staring at the phone in his other. In the distance of about a mile and a half, he first waited too long to get into the left lane for a left lane exit and crossed at the last possible second using the shoulder and narrowly missing where the dirt began at the V. It had been a clear lane change for the exit about 1/4 mile prior to his abrupt lane change, though he did signal as he started over the solid white lines. He rode that shoulder through most of the transition (696 to M-14). Crossed over the left hand on-ramp lines onto M-14, got into the right lane about half way down the hill and ran over to the rumble strips, back over the center line, then back into his lane...for the most part. I assumed he was freaked out from almost missing the exit, but can't imagine that someone freaked out would continue to screw with their cellphone in that circumstance.

That is an instance where maybe the camera would make him pay attention to the road and driving.

Cameras or people with cameras are everywhere nowadays, and the only time people tend to worry about them is when they know they are doing something wrong or dangerous. Just like seeing that trooper sitting in the median...if you're not speeding, then you have no problem with passing him because you know you're in the right and he has cameras and technology to prove your case for you as well if he does try to screw with you.

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