Do you have a dash cam – a dashboard camera?  I would argue that you should.  They record video and audio footage of the road in front of you when you are driving and also anything else – such as conversations with a police office who pulls you over.  Many people have them in case of an accident or perhaps a bad encounter with an officer.  I had a bad encounter upon being pulled over in NY for talking on my phone while driving (Mass. is one of the last states that allows you to do it without a hand-held device).  I am used to Worcester and Marlborough police – very professional and courteous – and felt rather threatened during the encounter.  When I returned home I happened upon a deal for this dash cam and bought it (and then was disappointed to see I had to buy a separate memory card, but whatever).  Now I use it every time I drive.  Apparently in Russia everyone has them because there is so much crime (go to YouTube if you don’t believe me about how ubiquitous they are there).   The wiki article mentions that in some countries they are illegal.

The other day I blessed a house of a friend who is a police officer.  I had to ask him – what do he and other public safety officers think about dash cams?  He thinks they are great and they benefit both the driver and the police by recording whatever happens.  I have to admit I had a small amount of disquietude about having one  – I am very pro-police and I didn’t want it to look like I had it for that reason.  His answer reassured me.

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