Backup Camera Supporters Urge Regulators to Finalize Vehicle Mandate
April 9, 2013 9:56 AM
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Secretary of Transportation repeatedly postponed making a decision on this legislation
Lawmakers in Washington have been considering a mandate that would force automakers to install rear view cameras in most all-new vehicles. Two members of Congress and parents of children injured (or killed) by inattentive drivers backing over them are now calling on regulators to finalize the regulations.
The advocates are urging the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to finalize regulations that have been
delayed four times
since 2011. Congress approved legislation in 2007 that was signed into law by President George W Bush requiring the government to set regulations for rear visibility by February 28, 2011.
However, that date has come and gone many times with Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood repeatedly choosing to delay making a decision on the rule.
The NHTSA has proposed standards that would have required automakers to install backup cameras on all new vehicles by the year 2014. The regulation was expected to be in effect by September of 2014 and was estimated to cost the auto industry in the area of $1.9 billion to $2.7 billion annually. The regulation would also likely increase the purchase price of new vehicles.
NHTSA administrator David Strickland recently said that the ruling would happen "at some point in the near future." He did point out that the rule is still under review, commenting, "We are still working through a number of issues. It's a very important rule for the department… We want to make sure we get it right."
The backup camera regulations are intended to help eliminate the blind spots on vehicles that could obscure pedestrians, particularly the elderly and children, from the driver's view. The NHTSA says that about 100 children age 5 or under die each year in backup accidents and more than half of those are one year old or younger.
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Or we could teach people common sense....
4/9/2013 10:48:58 AM
I like the one where we didn't have the problem back in the 60's-90's. It's absolutely true. Then again back then we had the common sense to pay attention to where our children were. And I don't know about you, but my momma taught me to not stand behind moving vehicles. Or to watch for people backing out of driveways, parking spots, etc. And you generally waited for them to finish backing out, then went by. Not, the other way around. Because we had the common sense to realize, just because I can see them, doesn't mean they can see me.
The other big issue would be cell phones, and thats on both sides of the line. People walking, staring at there cell phone, waiting for that next none important tweet. Instead of paying attention to their surroundings. I've literally seen people walk out into roads doing this. Not to mention, drivers doing the same thing.
To me, it doesn't matter how much tech we put into vehicles. The only real solution is to cure the root cause of the problem. And that's people not paying attention on both sides. Seems like the more technology we have, the dumber people are getting, because they start depending on it too much.
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