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Tech That Saves Lives: Back-Up Cameras to be Mandatory by 2018

back up cameras mandatoryWhen we bought our last vehicle, I had a list of must-haves. One feature that wasn’t on the list that I now realize should have been was a back-up camera. Our new SUV came equipped with a back-up camera in our rear view mirror. Anytime I hit reverse, a little screen displaying what is behind me appears. The SUV is also equipped with a sensor telling me when something is near.

Our other vehicle is an older SUV that my husband drives that doesn’t have a back-up camera. I rarely drive it nowadays and honestly I have no idea how I drove it regularly before. Now that I am used to the back-up camera, I am constantly worrying of hitting something (ignore the dents in our trash cans, please) when I drive this vehicle.

We have all heard the horror stories of children getting backed over innocently in drive-ways, streets and alleys. It’s a fear that runs through my head regularly as we have at least 15 kids that play together regularly up and down our street. Back-up cameras save lives (as well as damage to vehicles.) By 2018 all new passenger cars, trucks, multipurpose passenger vehicles, buses, and low-speed vehicles with a gross vehicle weight of less than 10,000 pounds are required to come equipped with back-up cameras. 

On March 31, 2014,  the Department of Transportation originally agreed to this law with the Cameron Gulbransen Kids Transportation Safety Act of 2007 but due to delays the law is just now being signed into effect.

Currently, there are an estimated  267 fatalities and 15,000 injuries (6,000 of which are incapacitating) resulting from back-over crashes every year. Of those, 210 fatalities and 15,000 injuries are attributable to backover crashes involving light vehicles. While it will take years to for every vehicle to be equipped with this technology, 58 to 69 lives will be saved each year (not including injuries prevented) by approximately 2054.

Read more about the new back-up camera requirements.

image source: digitalmomblog.com

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Molly blogs technologyparenting and geekery at Digital Mom Blog and provides blogging tips at How to Blog Camp. Follow her on FacebookPinterest or Twitter.

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