Rearview Cameras Could Soon Be Required on New Automobiles
Advocates are hopeful that a regulation requiring rearview cameras in all vehicles will soon be in effect. Although the Cameron Gulbransen Kids Transportation Safety Act was passed in 2008, its implementation has stalled while its cost and benefits are being analyzed. The act was named after a child who was killed when his father accidentally backed over him, a tragedy which could be prevented with a regulation such as this.
According to National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) estimates, 221 people are killed each year from “backover” accidents. Many more, 14,000 in fact, suffer injuries due to “backover” accidents. These numbers could be cut in half if this regulation passes.
Despite the benefits of this technology, the regulation has been delayed three times so far. If a rule is likely to cost more than $100 million to implement, federal agencies are required to perform cost-benefit analyses. NHTSA estimates show that this regulation could cost between $1.9 and $2.7 billion each year. Of course, the rearview camera is already either optional or standard on many Acura vehicles.
The cost-benefit estimates must then be reviewed by the federal Office of Management and Budget (OMB). Right now, the cost of making rearview cameras mandatory is more than the value of the lives that could be saved. In an article by the Center for Effective Government, the federal order that makes the cost-benefit analyses a requirement also says that benefits that are unable to be quantified should be considered as well.
There are plenty of benefits of having a rearview camera in your vehicle. Drivers are more aware of what is going on around them when their vehicle is in reverse. This is incredibly important when driving in suburban areas. Small children and pets are often hazards, and a rearview camera makes them more visible. Parking can also be less of a hassle with a rearview camera. This is especially true with large vehicles where views can be obstructed.
Test Drive an Acura to Experience the Benefits of a Rearview Camera
A rearview camera is optional or standard on many Acura models. To see how a rearview camera can improve your driving experience, drop by a Chicagoland Acura dealer today and test drive an Acura with this innovative feature. Once you drive a car with a rearview camera, you won’t want to be without one.