It seems it is also difficult to do so in Australia.
In other countries there are a few non-governmental sites that are sites in this space:
betterdrivingplease (UK, 18000 reports, activists, plate based)
arrivealive (Sth Africa) (not bad – general advice, not government owned. Seems to make it easier for reporting but not the main focus)
Bad Drivr (under construction since 2006, messy layout, some potential with video, maps but updates are old)
roadragers (US/Canada. General advice, can report but doesn’t seem to do much.)
There does seem to be a gap in the New Zealand and Australian markets.
So – how about it?
Let’s make it easy to capture and send traffic incidents to police. At the very least why not make it easy to simply capture idiot driving and name and shame?
The point would be to discourage the poor behaviours that could lead to accidents, and to report extremely poor/hyper aggressive behaviours to the police. Extreme poor behaviour is blatant drunk driving, road rage, group hooning/racing and so forth. It’s behaviour that has the clear ability to kill people.
We could capture input from any source: email (pictures, video), mms pictures, flickr/youtube/photobucket/etc., facebook, SMS, twittering and even blogging. Video cameras are getting smaller and it won’t be long before there is a cheap way to record everything from inside you car.
We would display the input in a easy to browse/search manner, categorising by incident type, by location and by things like vehicle type.
We would give people the ability to make a report “official” and which we will pass along to the police. (e.g. that will have to be non-anonymous, at least to the police)
We would back the site up with good editorial on what makes good driving, what we can do when we see dangerous driving and so on. We would not necessarily take a single stand on issues, but would encourage the community to come to consensus. Hopefully some of the clips will go viral and/or get on TV – helping the site, the police and embarrassing the offender. Which is the point.
We need a web design firm, a graphics person, usability folk, some cunning programmers, some clever marketers, time, and, sadly, a chunk of money that frankly probably won’t get any financial return.
The money will determine the success or not, as we all have plenty of other free work to do. Regardless – the design and development contributions would probably have to be for free, or if we are well financed, for “not much”.
We’ll probably think of a revenue model somewhere along the line if we get big enough.
So – is anyone keen?
But what about Big Brother?
Yes – this is big brother-ish.
And I have at times driven too quickly over the years and would probably have (or maybe will) featured on a site like this. It’s not the relatively minor transgressions, but the really unsafe behaviour that we are targeting. But if a site like this had existed in the past then my driving would have been slower (but less exciting) and safer. And that’s the point.
And why stop at driving – why not road conditions, hazards, and so forth?