Dash-cams prove popular after crash videos go viral
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The rising popularity of dashboard cameras has at least one Thunder Bay electronics store doing brisk business.
Two dash-cam videos of incidents on northwestern Ontario highways have gone viral online in recent weeks, sparking interest in the devices.
Wojtek Czuprynski's from the Power Centre has been taking a lot of calls lately from customers asking about dashboard cameras.
"Ever since the video surfaced on YouTube,” he said, referring to the video recorded on a dash-cam in January that captured a near head-on collision between two transports.
OPP used the video to charge a trucker from Milton with careless driving.
Another clip, posted this week, shows a collision between two pick-ups on a highway near Kenora.
OPP said they've seen that one too, and are investigating the incident.
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Kenora police Const. Laurie Harkoff said it's a good thing more people are getting dash-cams.
"There's a lot of distracted driving going on on our highways, and it's nice to have the evidence, so to speak of, and lay charges if need be,” she said.
At the Power Centre, Czuprynski said the store hopes to capitalize on the rise in demand.
"Absolutely … we're going to get more in stock, and we're going to get variations of different types,” he said.