The Sacramento Bee takes a look at a proposal in California to attach cameras to cars’ front windshields, AB 1942: An act to amend Section 26708 of the Vehicle Code, relating to vehicles (pdf):
California is giving the green light to allowing video cameras to be mounted onto vehicle windshields in an attempt to improve road safety.
The goal is to make participants aware of bad habits by recording their behavior seconds before and after a crash or erratic driving maneuver. […]
Parents could buy such cameras to place in their teenager’s car, but the prime market is expected to be truck, bus or other transportation companies with large fleets.
Critics question whether expanding workplace recording intrudes upon privacy in a society where cameras already are used for purposes ranging from monitoring department store aisles to detecting red-light violations. […]
California’s new recording law, Assembly Bill 1942, will allow cameras to be mounted on windshields beginning Jan. 1, much as electronic GPS mapping and toll-paying devices are permitted now. […]
[Assemblyman Nathan Fletcher] said he tried to narrow privacy concerns by amending AB 1942 to allow no more than 30 seconds of recordings to be retained per incident, to require a posted notice for passengers that talking may be recorded, and to ensure that owners of participating vehicles can disable cameras and employee drivers can obtain recordings.