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The rearview camera mandate would make it so every vehicle would have a backup camera for seeing behind the vehicle when in reverse

After many delays, the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) is ready to begin finalizing regulation for rearview cameras in all vehicles.

DOT Secretary Ray LaHood said he is meeting with White House officials to finalize the regulations by December 31.

We have a meeting with the White House about this in the next few days so I hope that they see the importance of this the way we do," LaHood said.

The rearview camera mandate would make it so every vehicle would have a backup camera for seeing behind the vehicle when in reverse. The idea was triggered by the 300 deaths and 16,000 injuries annually caused by a driver's inability to see behind their vehicle when backing up.

Many of the injuries and death affect young children and senior citizens.

The rearview camera regulations date back to 2007, when Congress initially approved legislation to set these standards by February 28, 2011. This date was delayed to February of this year, and again to December 31.

While DOT and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) are both behind the making of these new standards, others, namely automakers, have worried that the cost of installing these cameras on each vehicle would drive the price up too high.

However, over time, the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers has met with White House officials to discuss costs in the past in order to make it work.

Just last week, the White House finished its review of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's (NHTSA) proposal to mandate event data recorders (EDR) in all new vehicles. EDRs, also known as "black boxes," collect driver data such as speed, use of a seatbelt, whether brakes were applied, etc. before and after a vehicle crash. The idea behind them is to deploy better safety measures for vehicles as well as better overall vehicle design.




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By Stuka on 12/14/2012 10:58:57 AM , Rating: 2
It is not human nature, it is human ERROR. Nature cannot be changed, ERROR can be mitigated. If people were simply better instructed on how to drive, the accident rate would plummet.

People need to be taught the limits of a vehicle. They need to experience panic situations in a controlled environment. Every owner should have to take their new vehicle to the nearest race track and run it through the slalom, around the road course, wet skidpad, tach it up, slam on the brakes, etc. If you know your limits and the car's limits, you will be better equipped to deal with panic situations. Beyond that it becomes a matter of culture to instruct people on how to use the car as is intended.

Driving is a privilege, not a right. It is wrong to force the entire population to essentially pay a safety tax on each vehicle they purchase, when the problem could be nipped in the bud for free. This is the ugly side of socialism. I ain't havin' it.


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