American president was asked to make rear-view cameras mandatory
Barack Obama may help to speed up the process of adopting the requirements according to which all new cars sold in US should have an additional security.
Last week the US Congress held a press conference where the official representatives of public organizations have urged the administration of President Barack Obama to make the rear-camera equipment mandatory for every vehicle in US. Apart from public organizations advocating for road safety, families with children who became victims of car raids were also present at the conference.
Press conference participants pointed out that the official U.S. government requirement to equip all vehicles with rear-view cameras should have been introduced two years ago. But the official introduction of this requirement is delayed for the third time in a row. Last time, at the end of 2012, The National Agency of Road Safety (NHTSA), that is also a member of the U.S. Department of Transportation, didn’t find time to introduce the official document before the 31 of December.
The press conference members also stated that every week there are 50 accidents happening where kids are run over by a car which driver simply can not see them. And at least two of the 50 accidents are ending with child’s death.
These situations are also the reason of 288 lethal cases that happen every year and almost 17.000 of people get injured when ran over by a car. The worst part is that 70% of accidents happen because of a relative or one of the parents driving the car.
Joan Kleybruk, the honorary president of the Public Citizen NGO that protects consumer interests, has emphasized that many car manufacturers have already included a rear-view camera as standard option of their vehicles. She also sais that this new requirement of making such cameras mandatory can save many lives and also save money that would be otherwise spent to repair the car. This new requirement, in case it finally gets approved, may cost the auto manufacturing industry almost $ 3 billion or even more.