I should have a pretty easy commute. It's about 25 miles on dual carriageway A roads. I generally start early / finish late, so I'm not travelling at peak times. The commutes basically come in two flavours:
Without accidents - traffic moving at average 60mpg with some people trying to drive at 90.
With Accidents - Traffic at standstill because someone trying to drive at 90 has crashed into another car.
Yesterday the road was closed, because there had been a crash between two cars. It turned out, one of the cars involved was one of my neighbours. I've seen him driving like a tool many times (he often overtakes me, tailgating somebody, driving at 80+), and this time he managed to hit someone in his white 4x4 (other drivers fault, apparently). He got a 4x4 because he didn't feel safe in his previous saloon after he 'took out the bus stop' (not his fault either).
In the context of my commute, these drivers do not get to work any quicker, as the general flow of traffic won't allow it. Most of the tailgaters are tailgating the last car in a row of traffic 10 cars long. It's totally pointless.
I recon at least twice a week, I see someone driving in a way which could result in a fatal crash (to the extent it makes you feel sick to see it). If a significant number of the UK population carried dashcams which were certified by the police and admissible as evidence, wouldn't all this stop? If you see some driving badly, upload it to a police website, police have a team to review it, issue fine / points if it's warranted.
This would benefit the general public, and the 'pressing on' brigade, because they would have to clean up their driving and stop crashing into people. My neighbour probably wouldn't have crashed yesterday if he knew there was a good chance of getting prosecuted for tailgating.
Probably be legal chaos for the first year, but very soon, people would stop endangering lives by using their cars as weapons.
Good idea or not? Society turning itself into a police state? I don't care...I'm just getting really, really sick of it.