Backup Camera Mandate Part of National Debate
November 25, 2011 11:37 AM
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NHTSA pushes for the mandate to save lives while opponents such as the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers reminds it of costs associated with implementing the rule
New regulations that require automakers to improve rear visibility in all new models by 2014 were proposed in December 2010, and now, the
backup camera rule
is part of the national debate about safety, federal regulations, and jobs.
The backup camera rule would require the installation of backup cameras in all new vehicles by 2014. It was proposed by President Barack Obama, and is a response to the Cameron Gulbransen Kids Transportation Act, which is a 2008 law named after a young boy who was accidentally ran over by his father's car.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), about 292 people die from back-over accidents per year. By implementing the backup camera rule, half of those lives would be saved annually.
While the backup cameras could clearly be beneficial, the topic is up for debate because opponents say the requirement would be too costly and would result in job losses.
According to an August 30 letter the president sent to House Republican leaders, the backup camera mandate is in the top five list of the five most costly rules under consideration at this time.
The backup camera rule could cost as much as $2.7 billion, and would equate to about $18.5 million per life saved. Adding the cameras to vehicles would tack on an extra $58 to $203 per vehicle.
"Congress built flexibility into this law to balance safety and cost, and unfortunately NHTSA has ignored Congress by mandating an expensive, one-size-fits-all solution for rearview cameras," said Gloria Bergquist, spokeswoman for the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers.
So far, individual automakers have not said anything negative about the rule despite these costs. In fact, Ford plans to have backup cameras in all Ford and Lincoln models by the end of this year.
The backup camera plan calls for 10 percent of the United States' new fleet to meet standards by 2012, 40 percent to meet the standards by 2013, and
all new vehicles to comply by 2014
The Detroit News
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RE: modest proposal
11/25/2011 10:29:09 PM
Could be because having a high IQ doesn't mean you will drive well, I know quite a few very intelligent people who can't drive at all, I mean they are horrible drivers and I also know some not so smart people who are better drivers then me (with me being a definite standard of course :P). Seriously though, I don't know how you think that IQ has anything to do with driving skills, they aren't comparable.
RE: modest proposal
11/26/2011 8:03:04 AM
THIS: Like every skill it requires active attention and thought to improve and become a master. You might have talent, but it means nothing if you don't put forth your effort.
"So, I think the same thing of the music industry. They can't say that they're losing money, you know what I'm saying. They just probably don't have the same surplus that they had." -- Wu-Tang Clan founder RZA
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