There are all sorts of ways that you could go about improving the general quality of drivers on Australian roads. Is public shaming really a good way to go about it?
Website Roadshamer.com collects the dashcam videos of drivers worldwide with, as per its own about page, the aim of “improving road safety by putting the power back in the hands of you, the driver!”
The idea is that you snap a photo or use a dashcam video to highlight illegal activities, thereby (in theory) “shaming” those who break the rules of the road into better behaviour. Users are encouraged to upload videos and share them as widely as possible across social media, with individual pics or videos tagged by country of origin.
I’ll happily admit that I drive around with a dashcam in my car most of the time, but that’s largely so that if an accident did happen, I’d have some details around it that could be used for insurance or police purposes.
There’s something about this that feels rather more revenge motivated rather than educational. After all, the target of a video might be widely mocked but unaware of it, which doesn’t seem particularly useful.
Maybe you differ. What’s your viewpoint? Is this useful education, or just public mockery at work?