Interesting legislation could require that all new vehicles have backup cameras installed in them. The thought to require backup cameras in all new vehicles comes from the belief that it would make it safer to drive them. The backup cameras serve as a great asset when a vehicle is going in reverse, most often occurring when someone is backing out of their driveway.
By requiring these backup cameras, the Federal Government seems to feel that it would cut down on injuries and deaths that occur simply from drivers backing over pedestrians.
According to USA Today, it is the Transportation Department that has proposed new rear visibility rules. These rules would make it a requirement to have backup cameras installed in all new cars, beginning with 2014 models. That would give car companies the ability to phase in the idea, and it would definitely upgrade the safety value of each model coming off the line.
The idea, if implemented, would require that 10% of new vehicles (up to 10,000 pounds gross weight) have the cameras by 2012, and that by 2013 40% of vehicles coming off the line have cameras. Then by 2014, the requirement would be that every new vehicle would have to have the camera, raising the safety level, but probably raising the cost of those vehicles as well.
Don’t worry consumers, because the Transportation Department is also stating that it is only going to add $200 to the cost of these vehicles (for a rear video camera and interior display), and that it will be up to the car companies to install them. In its infancy stage, this idea actually seems like a pretty good one, especially if it means that we can avoid needless accidents of kids getting hit by cars coming out of driveways.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration told USA Today that backup accidents kill nearly 300 and injure 18,000 people each year, and they estimate that by placing these cameras in the vehicles will reduce those deaths and injuries by around one-third. That is a huge number when you get down to it, and it starts to show that there might not be a down side to this legislation.
If the car companies aren’t opposed to this line of thinking and the DOT thinks that it will save lives, then it is indeed time to put these backup cameras in all new vehicles. Not only is it a good safety measure, but if you have ever driven a vehicle that employs the backup cameras, you already know how much easier they can make parallel parking.