Requirement for Installing Rearview Cameras on Passenger Vehicles Delayed
We reported last April that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) was considering a proposal to require all passenger vehicles to install back-up cameras to limit back-over accidents. This week, however, the NHTSA has postponed ruling on the mandatory requirements saying it needs to conduct “further study and data analysis.”
Until the camera requirement becomes mandatory, our Binghamton car accident attorneys encourage all New York drivers to be especially vigilant before backing out of a driveway or a parking space. Double-checking before backing is critical to help save lives.
According to CNNMoney, the NHTSA has postponed releasing details of the mandate until late this year. “The department remains committed to improving rearview visibility for the nation’s fleet and we expect to complete our work and issue a final rule by Dec. 31, 2012,” Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said in a statement issued late Tuesday.
The NHTSA which looks at automobile crashes from six different perspectives, including crash avoidance and societal costs, in determining the priorities for the agency, introduced the requirement to expand the field of view for all passenger cars, so that drivers can see directly behind the vehicle when in reverse. The NHTSA estimates nearly 300 people die and 18,000 are injured each year as a result of back-over crashes involving all vehicles.
Officially named the Cameron Gulbransen Kids Transportation Safety Act, the Act was named for a child who was killed by his father as he was backing out of his driveway not realizing the two-year-old boy was playing behind the vehicle. The ruling would be especially beneficial in protecting the lives of children, the elderly, and hearing and sight impaired pedestrians.
CNN reports the NHTSA estimates that the total approximate cost to equip 16.6 million vehicles sold in 2014, when the rule would become mandatory, would be between $1.9 billion and $2.7 billion.
The accident attorneys at Scott C. Gottlieb, Injury Law Attorney, applaud all efforts the government takes to save our most vulnerable pedestrians. We also encourage NY drivers to be alert for children and pedestrians behind their cars when backing up.
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