JEDDAH: With the high rate of road deaths in Saudi Arabia and the alarming rise in road rage incidents, motorists in the Kingdom are joining the dashcam revolution, installing them in their vehicles to gather evidence in the event of a traffic accidents, traffic offences, theft and fraud.

According to statistics published by the Ministry of Health on the number of injuries and deaths caused by traffic accidents for 2019 and 2020, 5,754 deaths were recorded in 2019 and 4,618 deaths in 2020, of which almost 90% of men.

Ahmed Eid Al-Attawi, the owner of the Jeddah-based Dashcams store, told Arab News that he has long been selling dash cams to motorists concerned about vandalism, and now accidents.

“Now dash cams are becoming more popular because motorists want to film where they’re driving, to prove they’re not overshooting or if there’s an accident,” he said. .

Vehicle owners can now be assured of their safety on the road. Indeed, a dashcam is a great investment in the safety of your family and your vehicle that can not only save you time and money, but also provide you with peace of mind in the event of an accident/accident. .

Majed Al Shikhiautomotive expert and automotive reviewer

“Dash cams, or dashcams, are beginning to be seen on the road in increasing numbers. In the public sector they are known (for their use) in police vehicles and ambulances. These days these dashcams have been installed by regular drivers for very practical and useful reasons.

Al-Attawi estimates that nearly one in five drivers currently use a dashcam.

“Over the years, the use of dashcam has been adopted in many countries. In Saudi Arabia, the use of dash cams is even less and the market is still in its infancy as more and more as more drivers and/or car owners are made aware of the importance of dash cams and their unparalleled safety features, the demand and use of these safety devices is likely to grow in the years to come.

Al-Attawi also revealed that women want to be more proactive than men in reporting reckless driving on Saudi roads, saying, “We are seeing more and more women coming forward to install these technological devices to protect their rights. .

He explained that the small camera, which can be mounted on the windshield, can be positioned to record inside the vehicle or pointed forward to capture anything in front of the car.

“The number of hours it records depends on the size of the SD card, and the car does not need to be running for the unit to work. Prices for the camera can range from SR700 (186 $) to SR2600, the more expensive cameras including a GPS function which can also record the speed of the vehicle.

Sales of dashcams are booming, increasingly recognized as an essential tool in insurance claims and as evidenced by traffic authorities.

According to lawyer Khalid Al-Mhmadai, dashcams are as good as any other approved video.

“Yes, dashcams are allowed in Saudi Arabia,” he told Arab News. “It’s kind of proof these days, demands Najm for road accident insurance services – it’s the right thing to do.”

He added that as long as the vision is clear and the images were taken in a public place, they can be used in legal proceedings.

Automotive expert and car critic Majed Al-Shikhi thinks dashcams will one day be in all cars.

“Innovation has a huge impact on all aspects of our lives, and driving is no exception,” he said. “Vehicle owners can now be assured of their safety on the road. Indeed, a dashcam is a great investment in the safety of your family and your vehicle that can not only save you time and money, but also provide you with peace of mind in the event of an accident/accident. .

“With more and more dashcams now on the road, if you do something stupid or illegal, chances are you’ll get caught,” Al-Shikhi added, pointing out that demand for dashcams has increased. increased in Saudi Arabia after women were allowed to drive.

“I think placing a dash cam helps motorists and traffic police, as long as it’s used to film the road ahead and to help keep drivers out of trouble, and to determine fault and responsibility in motor vehicle accidents,” he said.

“It also allows motorists to capture images of drivers whose reckless actions may put citizens and residents at risk.”