It’s safe to say that bad drivers are everywhere — this is a problem that is not exclusive to any one particular country. However, Canadians may have a particularly serious problem — at least if a series of recent statistics are to be believed.Dash Camera

According to one recent study, there were about 1,800 motor vehicle fatalities in Canada in 2017. While this does show a decrease of 2.8% from 2016, it still represents a problem that should be addressed at all costs. In terms of serious injuries sustained in motor vehicle accidents, there were about 154,000 across the country during the same year. This number includes all reported motor vehicle crashes that resulted in at least one injury — but notably, no deaths — that were reported within 30 days of the event (except in Quebec).

All of this is to say that bad drivers are a significant problem across Canada, and now the Victorian government has decided that they’re not going to take this lying down. In fact, they’ve recently begun to debate a plan that would not only see good drivers rewarded, but that would actually incentivize them to catch bad drivers on dash cameras installed in their vehicles.

The ICBC and Dash Cameras: What You Need to Know

Interestingly, this recent push to reward good drivers didn’t actually begin with the Victorian government. It began with a Burnaby man who himself came up with the idea of rewarding people for turning over dash camera footage of dangerous drivers to ICBC. Of the many ideas that he suggested, the one that seems to be gaining the most traction involves those good drivers getting a break on their insurance premiums for the following year.

Solicitor General Mike Farnworth said that he has been briefed on the proposal and that he agrees that dangerous driving is a very serious problem. Most notably, while he says that he isn’t exactly sure if the proposal is logistically feasible, he has confirmed that it is very much NOT off the table, at least right now.

“I always think it’s great when people do forward suggestions and ideas for how we can deal with different issues,” he said. Farnsworth went on to say that the government is supportive of the idea and that they are “perfectly willing” to explore it in greater detail moving forward.

Attorney General David Eby agreed, saying that this could potentially be very helpful in certain types of auto investigations in the future. “I think it’s certainly useful for the police if people have dash-cam footage of offenses that are taking place that they share that with police,” he said. Over the last few years, in particular, dash camera sales have exploded — both in Canada and in the United States. This comes at a time where not only has the technology itself become more powerful, but the devices have also become more affordable. It’s now possible to get a fully featured HD dash camera installed in your car for just a few hundred dollars or less in most areas.

Likewise, many insurance companies already give motorists discounts for the simple act of installing dash cameras at all. Generally speaking, your insurance premiums are based on risk. The riskier you are, the more you’ll pay because the more likely it is that you’ll end up filing a claim. If you take any meaningful steps to reduce that risk — like by installing a dash camera — most companies are willing to compensate you for that to some degree.

So from that perspective, it wouldn’t even be that much of a stretch for ICBC to institute this type of policy. Regardless of what happens, it’s clear that this is one situation that motorists across Canada — and in other countries will absolutely be paying close attention to for the foreseeable future.