Rear-view cameras in vehicles could save lives
Tue, 06 Mar 2012 01:16:04 GMT —
wo children in the
U.S. are killed each week by a car that is backing up and 70 percent of these accidents are caused by a parent or family member.
ore times than not-it's not neglect or anything like that," said Amarillo Police Department
Corporal Jerry Neufeld. "It's just, little ones are hard to keep track of if you get distracted. A little child doesn't realize the dangers and threats to them and they walk out into the driveway or into the roadway and unfortunately do get struck."
marillo is on the low end of the scale, according to figures from
ven though we've only seen two fatalities along this line in the last five or six years
here's definitely going to be more that do occur that weren't fatalities,"
his weekend for instance, a two-year-old boy was hit in the
Hollywood Theater parking lot in Amarillo.
e was sent to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries
, he is among the 50 children who are backed into each week in the U.S. and are treated in the emergency room.
ederal regulators are working to pass new safety laws that will require a rear-view camera system in every vehicle by 2014.
'm sure it will cut down on injuries and death.
That's something no parent should have to go through," said Jeff Irizarry of McGavock Nissan.
he new requirements have been deferred three times and will not be finalized until the end of the year.
ar dealerships like
Nissan have been proactive in getting cameras in most of their cars.
'd be surprised if in the next couple of years if it's not in all our cars," said
ationwide, close to
100 lives will be saved every year with the rear-view cameras according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
rizarry said the cameras are a feature that many people are interested in.