An Armenian driver set a brilliant example of confronting road police and winning his case using a dashboard videocamera and the power of social media. The video footage, which clearly shows how police officers falsely accused the driver of not wearing a seat-belt and fined him, was used to fire those very officers.
The driver in question is Mesrop Minasyan, Founder and CEO at Frontjet LLC, an Armenian UX/UI and front-end web development company, so it should come as no surprise that he used technology to beat the system. What is surprising, or should I say admirable, is just how polite, correct and calm he is in doing so. This is an example worth following!
The video footage in question was uploaded to YouTube and Facebook. The speaker of Armenian Police Ashot Aharonyan responded right in the comments section of the YouTube video and informed that “the traffic police officers have been fired, the case brought against the driver on administrative offence will be overturned.”
Earlier this week Minasyan also published the official decision he received from the Police about reversing the decision to fine the driver.
This is not the first such case in which police officers are caught behaving inadequately on dash cam and fired for it.
It just shows that citizens can and should take the metter in their own hands. This is, after all, everyone’s country!
PS: I have a dash cam and I track my car speed with a GPS device. This has saved me from traffic police on more than one occasion. But there have been cases, when I’ve had some minor violations (no seat belt, exceeding speed limit a little) and the traffic police have let me go… ok, I admit… I gave them that innocent look and said I’m from Gyumri, don’t know the rules around here…
And the police in Armenia have the camera’s too… here are a couple of my violations caught on police cams :)