West Texan Dash Cam Drivers 8/19/13
CBS 7 News
August 19, 2013
Midland, TX - Some drivers are so frustrated they're using social media sites to post video of bad drivers.
The man behind the camera goes by Jerry the dash cam driver.
“The roads are really not that bad it's more of an attitude when you get behind the wheel,” he said.
After commuting enough times between Midland and Odessa Jerry says it was time to dust off his go-pro-camera and put it to good use in order to prove that not all West Texans are friendly when they’re behind the wheel.
“From there the youtube channel was made in the first video was posted on to YouTube,” he said
The video with action music playing underneath, shows drivers running red lights and recklessly driving.
Such as a truck pulling a trailer completely disregarding oncoming traffic.
“It's the little things that cause accidents it doesn't take a lot,” he said.
Jerry says he’s even caught crashes on camera, but only wants to post the issues that cause them.
“They see it enough when they turn on the news every day they don't need to see it on my dash cam,” he said.
Turns out several other West Texas drivers have posted their dash cam video as well.
Jerry's YouTube channel, Midessa Dash Cam has over 9,600 views in just four days.
“I didn't even know I had that many views,” he said, “Hearing that for the first time was shocking.
What started out as an act of frustration is now a mission to promote awareness.
“People making mistakes would be more aware of what they're doing on the road and might save someone's life,” he said.
CBS 7 spoke with several insurance companies across the Permian Basin who do not provide incentives for having a dash cam as some companies do in Europe, but they say with as many videos like these appearing online that could change soon.