Cameras to witness against drivers

President Medvedev says cameras should replace witnesses during police raids.

His proposal will be discussed by the Interior Ministry on December 1.

Medvedev says using witnesses is an outdated practice. Policemen often complain that witnesses are hard to find, and people can be put-off by the fear of vengeance from criminals.

Critics believe it is easier to fake evidence if only cameras are used.They also remember that in July 2011, a faulty speed camera in the Moscow region landed a lot of drivers in trouble – it had been inventing people’s speeds.

This has resulted in a number of fines being incorrectly issued. One senior, for example, complained after being fined for allegedly racing his Lada at 200 kilometers per hour. Other locals say they received speeding tickets for being stuck in traffic jams.

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