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New Government Portal for Moscow Drivers' Alarming Dash Cam Clips

Moskva News Agency

Internet users across the world could soon be deprived of Russia's greatest online gift: stomach-clenching dashcam videos.

Moscow officials are opening a central portal for local motorists to upload dashcam footage in a bid to help city police investigate drivers flouting the law.

Politicians hope the new site will offer an outlet to frustrated drivers who would otherwise be left uploading their clips to YouTube.

Traffic police will monitor videos on the site to identify any motorists guilty of breaking Russian traffic rules.

"Unfortunately, there is no single place where recordings of accidents or other kinds of law-breaking can be collected,” Inna Svyatenko, the head of Moscow City Duma's security committee told the M24.ru news outlet.

“Sometimes people will upload these recordings to YouTube, but that often doesn't achieve anything. We are creating a portal through which these people can get justice," she said.

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