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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.

Source: The Detroit News

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RE: And
By theapparition on 12/14/2012 12:05:36 PM , Rating: 2
So it's OK children are usually the victims of backup accidents?

Kids are stupid. Not dumb stupid, but unwise. Wisdom only comes with age. They don't natively look both ways, hold scissors properly, or know how big a bite of hotdog to put in their mouth.

It's our job to protect our children until they are mature enough to make their own decisions, for better or worse. The law calls that 18, although some aren't ready, and others have been ready for years.

I'm not usually for government intervention, but advances like this are almost imperceptible in cost and give people more information. I just don't get all the vitriol on some things.

RE: And
By ClownPuncher on 12/14/2012 12:23:21 PM , Rating: 2
It wouldn't be imperceptible in cost, not even in the progressive fantasy world some of you live in. If you want a back up camera, buy one and do your part. This has never been, and never should be something the government has control of. If it is a feature people want, they will buy it. No need to force the cost on those of us that actually LOOK before they do something.

Also, why would you be looking at the dashboard while you were backing up in the first place? Quit trying to correct for stupid.

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