Safety Advocates Question Why It's Taking So Long for Backup Camera Regulations
December 27, 2012 3:29 PM
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Judy Neiman with a picture of her daughter Sydnee
(Source: Yahoo News)
They suspect cost is the driving force
Even though the
regulations for backup cameras
in new vehicles is near, grieving parents and safety advocates want to know what the heck has taken so long.
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.
Judy Neiman, 53, of West Richland, Washington, is just one of the many people who have experienced a tragic death due to
driving a car in reverse
without properly checking her surroundings before backing up. She accidentally backed over and killed her 9-year-old daughter, Sydnee.
"They have to do something, because I've read about it happening to other people. I read about it and I said, 'I would die if it happens to me,'" said Neiman. "Then it did happen to me."
The White House is doing something about it, but there have been several delays in regulating the use of these cameras. 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 the Department of Transportation (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. Parents and safety advocates blame worries regarding cost for the delays in safety.
NHTSA estimated that adding backup cameras to every car would add $58 to $88 to the price of vehicles that have an existing dashboard display screens. It would cost $159 to $203 for those without them.
DOT Secretary Ray LaHood said he is meeting with White House officials to
finalize the regulations
by December 31.
In the meantime, Neiman grieves over her lost child who had survived four open-heart surgeries like a champ, but was eventually killed due to her mistake. She couldn't see her 4-foot tall daughter behind her van when pulling out of the garage.
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Cameras are useless if you aren't paying attention.
12/28/2012 7:54:15 AM
Like others have pointed out most of the time these things happen because the drivers are negligent. Adding a camera does not fix negligence. My wife is a prime example. Her vehicle comes with a rear view camera as standard equipment. The display is in the left quarter of the rearview mirror. It is a catseye view and turns on automatically when you put the vehicle into reverse. In spite of all that she still managed to back into a car that was directly behind her in plain view. I asked her how she managed that and her answer was simply "I didn't see it" translation, She didn't bother to look. I can actually visualize what likely happened when that lady backed over her daughter. Went to the garage jumped in her monster sized (I'm a badass soccer mom) SUV then used the remote to open the garage door. Throw it in reverse and go backing down the driveway never once having gotten a clear view of the entire area directly behind the vehicle. Negligence plain and simple. Would she have seen her daughter had the vehicle been equipped with a rearview camera? Maybe but only if she actually used it.
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