Among the many lies trucking companies put out one that I am growing weary of hearing is the safety aspect of a driver facing camera. It is always touted by trucking companies as a way to absolve the driver of wrongdoing in the event of an incident. Recently I was speaking with a trucking company representative and they said that their driver was accused of being on the phone and the driver facing camera cleared them. They said this as if there is no other way for the driver to prove they were not on the phone, like A COPY OF THEIR PHONE RECORD. I am still patiently waiting for the video where a driver is absolved with the video of them and that would have been the only way, no other way possible. As of today no camera company and no trucking company has provided even one instance of this. The other thing companies say is that it is about safety. Well, if that was in fact the case why don't these same people have the camera in their personal car? I mean, surely they want their own family to be safe, correct? The truth of the matter is the camera is all about MONEY. They save the companies money in their insurance rates, plain and simple. It has nothing to do with safety or the executives at these companies would have all of their own cars outfitted with cameras. They should do it just to set the example for the drivers. At least I would respect someone who said "I won't ask a driver to do anything I wouldn't do" and then put it in their car and post any videos they may get. Companies should just be honest and say it is about money and any safety benefit is a secondary consideration. Just be honest.
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