Dashcams...yea or nay?

That border patrol crash story on the front page has got me thinking about dashcams... Anybody here use them? I've always just kinda dismissed the idea as being for:

(a) People who think entirely too much of their driving and deem it worthy of recording.

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(b) People who do dumb shenanigans and record them...presumably to post the videos to whatever fanboy forum applies to the make of their car and so garner praise from other intellectually challenged individuals.

(c) People who live in Russia.

But now I'm rethinking that position... What's Oppo's opinion? Useful? Stupid? Overkill? Seems like it would be easy enough to live with if it just records any time the car is on and you never need to bother with it unless you need data off it (like, say, if you get crashed into by a Border Patrol truck...), and provided it can be reasonably integrated into the dash so as not to take up too much space or block your vision. It's pretty unlikely you'll ever need it, but if you ever do it could be the difference between a stuff penalty you don't deserve and proving your innocence (or I suppose you could also just as easily incriminate yourself, but let's look on the sunny side...).

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