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Rear-view cameras in vehicles could save lives

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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.



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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."


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marillo is on the low end of the scale, according to figures from
kidsandcars.org



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ven though we've only seen two fatalities along this line in the last five or six years

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here's definitely going to be more that do occur that weren't fatalities,"
Neuefeld said.


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his weekend for instance, a two-year-old boy was hit in the
Hollywood Theater parking lot in Amarillo.


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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.


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ederal regulators are working to pass new safety laws that will require a rear-view camera system in every vehicle by 2014.



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'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.


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he new requirements have been deferred three times and will not be finalized until the end of the year.


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ar dealerships like
Nissan have been proactive in getting cameras in most of their cars.



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'd be surprised if in the next couple of years if it's not in all our cars," said
Irizarry.


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ationwide, close to
100 lives will be saved every year with the rear-view cameras according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.


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rizarry said the cameras are a feature that many people are interested in.

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