Dashcam to the rescue: Trucker assists law enforcement twice — in two days — with video evidence

| October 25, 2016

The video above is another from the dashcam of independent owner-operator Howard Salmon, from Sarasota, Fla., after having delivered one morning to an island resort, coming back across the causeway to the mainland. An impatient four-wheeler took the grass to pass a car in front of him and nearly hit two pedestrians. As you’ll see in the video, the flash of paper as the offending motorist stops at the next red light is Salmon preparing to take down the license-plate number as he himself comes to a stop.

“I called the cops,” Salmon says. “I said, ‘This guy almost killed two people walking on the shoulder.'”

He pulled off and waited for police to arrive, sharing a copy of the video and the license plate number, which ultimately resulted in the apprehension of the driver, as per this report from the local Fox affiliate:

The incident marked the second time in as many days in which Salmon had found himself the best witness to reckless motorist behavior. The following video shows an incident that happened the prior day in Palmetto, Fla., when a driver in an SUV took to the shoulder to blow by backed-up traffic on Highway 41 coming South out of the Tampa area, says Salmon:

Salmon installed the dashcam more than a year ago after a friend from his California days visited him in Wisconsin to assist with a home-security install, his primary business. “He says, ‘Hey, you need this,'” as Salmon tells it, referring to the dashcam. “I fought him a little bit about it. He said, ‘Trust me, you’ll like it.’ I kept it on, kept my chip in it, didn’t worry too much about keeping the windshield clean. For the last year, nothing’s happened, but I decided, big deal, it’s there.”

Lo and behold, the approximately $200 camera has proved its worth. The two incidents above represent the third in as many months where the camera provided critical evidence in a situation. Fortunately, these last two didn’t involve Salmon’s truck, like the last one:

Howard Salmon presents ‘The Prius won,’ or ‘Cut off, ticketed, stuck on I-24 near Chattanooga’

Sadly, this video view from the dashcam of owner-operator Howard Salmon puts to bed an accident-free period for the longtime independent spanning Salmon's 30-plus years ...

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17 comments
zain09
zain09

just as Gerald implied I am in shock that a person able to earn $7711 in 1 month on the ...

see to again....... so beautiful.........>>>>>>>>>

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zain09
zain09

its so beautiful............

djanmin
djanmin

This truck driver must be from New York, he's always driving in a left lane, he has no bussines in a left lane. His action provoking road rage ! He's in at fault no less than four wheeler.

(I've been behind a truck wheel for twenty years).

Trucknbabygirl
Trucknbabygirl

Maybe he was passing the car himself. Oh wait that would be unheard of huh. And in second video he is in right lane. Besides as long as no posted signs he's free to drive in the left lane.

hellbent706
hellbent706

Mr Howard thanks for reporting that reckless driver but you were not completely innocent. When I looked at the video I noticed you were absolutely hendering traffic in the passing lane going slow. You didn't even try to pass or speed up until you seen that idiot about to get in front out you. Then you speed up just to closed the gap and box him out. That was lowdown. I see drivers like you all the time. Get your slow driving inconsiderate butt out of the passing lane! Crappy driving like that makes honest people want to do something stupid just to get away from you. That guy was wrong for driving in the grass but you purposely boxed I'm out at the 47 second mark.

ralphdaer
ralphdaer

If you watched the video, then you should have noticed that he was driving slow because he was in a city, & & also got stopped by a light. When taking off from a light cars will pass a truck on the the right & there is no way to move over. Besides that, you don't know if he needed to make a left turn or not. He did nothing illegal, & no matter what that car broke the law. Shut up stupid and drive your own vehicle.

hellbent706
hellbent706

If you look at the video you would see Howard hendering traffic driving slow I'm the passing lane. The red light happen much later after the incident. You can see Howard speed up just enough to box the guy out. Also Howard had no business in that lane because he did not turn left at that light. He was just provoking road rage. The reason hendering traffic is illegal is because it makes people do stupid things. I seen people take the median because of people hendering traffic. I agree that car driver was wrong but you're making excuses for Howard simple because he drives a truck. They both broke the law.

Gordon A
Gordon A

@hellbent706 you do know there are mirrors o n  that truck. He probably was watching that idiot car coming up on the  right side. why move into a potential  bad situation when you see it coming upon you? ?  It happens all too  often.

hellbent706
hellbent706

I was always taught that in 90% of most cases to let an idiot go by. Create distance between you and the idiot. Don't try to engage him or box him out. Just let him go. Boxing him out can make a bad situation worst because I've seen cars ram their way in and force the trucker to slam on brakes or clip the front bumper. Now they're both on the side of the highway arguing who's at fault. I would love to see the deleted 5 minutes before the car took the grass. I would bet my rent money that truck driver was blocking the left lane for last 5 miles hendering traffic without passing a single car or making a left turn. I don't believe that guy just ran off the road instantly. He had to be soaking in anger and rage for a while to get to that point. I've seen in before. Nothing new here folks.

WilliamLFields
WilliamLFields

I applaud the truck driver and do very much appreciate his efforts. Just a word to the industry, please leave law enforcement up to law enforcement!

GAWdzilla
GAWdzilla

@WilliamLFields You mean law enforcement as in the Sheriff's van that obviously drove right on by the aftermath and scene of a criminal act resulting in possible bodily injury?  Take a look at the last video in the article.  When the truck driver pulls onto the shoulder, you'll see a Sheriff's van on the left casually continue on...  Wow!!!

ralphdaer
ralphdaer

When it comes to wreckless driving we all should be reporting that to the authorities. People's lives were at stake here, & you tell us to not tell the law enforcement? You need many, many years of therapy!

oldpinky
oldpinky

@ralphdaer I think reporting this type of activity is called taking care of each other and by doing that,  taking care of our society Ralph.  :)

oldpinky
oldpinky

@ralphdaer We decided to pretend we had an engine governor today, and went the speed limit 55 in TN.  All the traffic is passing us including a motorcycle cop.   We feel SO safe and we be legal as hymn singing in church.  Imagine how much worse it will be if ALL trucks were slower than the traffic.  Holy Buckets, Course, going slower allows us to read more of the DOT signs that are telling us to behave.  Ain't technology wunnerfull?    lol

ralphdaer
ralphdaer

Some years ago I was going through downtown Chicago on I-90 around 1:00 in the morning doing the speed limit, which is 45 for a short period & then it bumps up to 55. An IL state trooper got on the CB radio and told me to speed up to go with the flow of traffic or he was going to write me a ticket. I sped up, & at 95 mph traffic was still passing me. People in general drive very unsafe. When something happens they want to blame the truck driver.

Gordon A
Gordon A

@WilliamLFields Do you mean to NOT give them the video of some one  breaking the law? WHY  is my question?.  Us old timers used to do a lot of working with the LEOs  30-45 years ago and it was appreciated then. 

I still do today. Dash cams work  for EVERY ONE 

Gordon A
Gordon A

@ralphdaer When people screw up they blame truckers or at least someone else for their lack of basic driving skills.