Dash Cams and Minnesota Law
Driver feedback and safety monitoring equipment, simply called dashcams, are legal in many states now. Minnesota is one of those.
A dashboard camera records everything that a driver sees when looking out the windshield. These dash cams can record everything continuously.
In order to maintain legality, a dashcam must be mounted on the windshield. It can be either above the rearview mirror, or directly below the rearview mirror.
The dashcam may not be mounted on the dashboard, however. This is considered an obstruction of view and you can and likely will be fined.
Laws do change continuously, so be watchful of the law pertaining to dashcams. This equipment can be very helpful for Minnesota drivers. In the winter, many fender benders happen due to road conditions of ice and snow.
Generally, this becomes a case where each driver will blame the other. Having a recording of what actually happened is beneficial for the police and State Troopers when trying to understand what caused an accident. Insurance companies may also use the recordings when they are determining who is at fault in an accident.
These devices can be used as safety equipment and theft deterrents. Many of these dash cams are meant to run constantly, so even if parked overnight could record movement around your vehicle such as an attempted break-in. Although dash cams legal in Minnesota, there are still laws you need to be aware of.
One truly important consideration to be warned of is that when your vehicle is parked, say overnight and in your own driveway if there is a chance that another person’s personal and private property is visible, your camera should be turned off. One way to avoid any turmoil with your neighbors is to tell them you have the dash cam, that it does begin recording if there is movement on or in your vehicle.
This way they know and can give their consent for you to continue using it when facing their property, or they may decide they do not want their property being under surveillance.
In a court of law, this is considered to be an invasion of privacy and is illegal. You could be punished by the courts if you do not have their consent. This makes it a little dicey if you want your camera to record any movement around your car.
So it depends on the circumstances of the issue. Some courts will allow the footage recorded and others may not. There are still many courts that set a precedence of actual eyewitnesses for verification of incidents that have happened.
Now you know that dashboard cameras are legal in Minnesota, check out our other dash cam laws by state.