Backup Camera Regulation Expected to be Completed Dec 31
December 14, 2012 8:06 AM
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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.
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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12/14/2012 8:21:46 PM
My car has a blind spot below the back window. I check it before I get in the car and I try not to delay before backing up. If I spend time in the car before backing up I get out of the car and look for, people, shopping carts, boxes or whatever might be back there.
1) I try to allow enough time to travel safe.
2) It's okay to be a little late because the alternative may leave me or someone else injured or maimed for life.
3) When driving my job is to safely get to my destination. Driving is a responsibility not a right.
4) If I need to take extra time to look or need to drive slower to be safe I do so. The folks honking their horns can't see what I can and should shut up.
5) Drive with road conditions in mind. Just because the trucks have cleared the ice doesn't mean it's all gone and we can drive 70MPH around blind highway curves.
6) It doesn't matter if it's not my fault. Not being my fault doesn't bring me or someone else back to life or grow back a missing limb. I drive extra careful because too many drivers drive like they don't care.
The difference between not caring and malicious intent is nothing when it's my life on the line.
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