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The National Highway Safety Transportation Agency (NHTSA) passed a new law which stated that all vehicles under 10,000 pounds built after May 1, 2018 should have a rearview camera.
When a driver reverses the car, a backup camera proves helpful by providing a view from the back of the car, thus reducing the chance of hitting an object.
Look at these stats for sometime: 15,000 injuries from back-up accidents every year, 210 fatalities and children under 5 years old account for 31 percent of the deaths.
Pains your heart, doesn’t it? The NHTSA cited the above info while passing the law.
“We are committed to protecting the most vulnerable victims of back-over accidents — our children and seniors,” Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx in a statement. “We hope that today’s rule will serve as a significant step toward reducing these tragic accidents.”
The driver should be able to see 20 feet behind and 10 feet wide i.e a 20 by 10 feet area according to the new law.
Other rules: Screen size (Varies according to position on dashboard. However, objects should show in a specific size to the driver) and Screen Linger Time (Amount of time image stays on screen after reversing. Minimum: 4 seconds, Maximum : 8 seconds)
“Rear visibility requirements will save lives, and will save many families from the heartache suffered after these tragic incidents occur,” NHTSA Acting Administrator David Friedman said in the same statement.
The new law is a step forward to reducing motor accidents which comprise of some of the most common causes for injuries and deaths. Rearview cameras can drastically reduce accident risk and with the new law making them mandatory in the US, it can be expected that motor accident rates will go down.
Sources: NHTSA Statement