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About 100 children and over 200 adults die every year because drivers accidentally back over them. It's a sad statistic that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration feels can be prevented if all new vehicles come standard with backup cameras.

The New York Times reports that NHTSA plans to announce this week that rearview cameras will be mandatory on all vehicles by 2014. The compulsory cameras and interface for viewing what the camera sees is estimated to set new car buyers back an additional $160 to $200, but the government feels the cost is worth it if it prevents some of the 17,000 Americans that are harmed in backup accidents every year.

Clarence Ditlow, director for the Washington-based Center for Auto Safety, tells The New York Times that while the government acknowledges that in terms of pure numbers, the cost of the program is high and the amount of lives saved is small compared to some other safety implementations. But those numbers look a lot more doable when considering how devastating roll-over deaths are to families. "When you have a parent that kills a child in an incident that's utterly avoidable, they don't ever forget it."

What do you think, should rearview cameras become legally required? Have your say in Comments.NHTSA ready to submit rearview camera mandate to Congress originally appeared on Autoblog on Wed, 29 Feb 2012 10:34:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.



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Or the pedestrian paying attention. It should be a law and be illegal to walk behind a car. More money, more cost, more weight. They try to legislate stupid out of the world and we all have to pay.

Regardless of who you run over, I doubt you ever forget it.
 

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remember hearing about this a while back, but...

require backup cameras on all cars but NOT HID projectors?

seriously retarded. HID's could/are way safer for driving than a stupid camera - and cheaper. quite a few cars are coming with projectors these days, yet no HIDs even.
 

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Or the pedestrian paying attention. It should be a law and be illegal to walk behind a car. More money, more cost, more weight. They try to legislate stupid out of the world and we all have to pay.

Regardless of who you run over, I doubt you ever forget it.
Good point the pedestrian could be just as much at fault depending on the situation!
 

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There are diseases and other things that kill a LOT more people than 300/yr. A LOT MORE. Let me emphasize that A LOOOOOOOOOOT MORE! I would happily pay more to have a resolution to those than this non-sense.

How about make it a law to test more strictly and deny/revoke licenses to people who are too distracted/detached from driving? But wait, nobody makes money from that, how could it be a good thing?
 
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