The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has added a new rule to save lives on the roads. The new law will force car manufactures to add rear view cameras to automobiles under 10,000 pounds by May of 2018.
Automobile technology would need to "come equipped with rear visibility technology that expands the field of view to enable the driver of a motor vehicle to detect areas behind the vehicle to reduce death and injury resulting from back over incidents. The field of view must include a 10-foot by 20-foot zone directly behind the vehicle. The system must also meet other requirements including image size, linger time, response time, durability, and deactivation."
The vast number of collisions that occur every year are a major reason for this new law. According to the NHTSA there are 210 causalities and 15,000 injuries caused by back-over accidents every year. The U.S. Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx spoke about the importance of protecting those most "vulnerable" in these situations "our children and our seniors." The NHTSA found "that children under 5 years old account for 31 percent of back-over fatalities each year, and adults 70 years of age and older account for 26 percent."
Saving lives has been the main objective of this new law. Manufactures have already began installing rear view cameras into many models on the roads already.People even have the option to install a rear view camera onto their older model cars without the feature. Lawmakers wanted to ensure that the law was feasible for manufactures to accommodate the massive amount of cars on the road. The new ruling is projected to save 58 to 69 lives each year.
Increasing rear view visibility for automobiles will ensure safer roadways for everyone. Rear view cameras will decrease a drivers blind-spots thus creating a more informed drivers. The feature will be a godsend for many and for those who have suffered as a result of back over collisions its a much needed improvement.
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