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NCDOT Mandates Back Up Cameras On 2018 And Beyond Cars

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The Department of Transportation announced that by May 2018, all new cars, SUVs, mini-vans and pick- up trucks, 10,000 pounds or less, will be required to have back up cameras. Expert, Sue Ariemma, Vice President of kidsandcars.org says the cameras will save thousands of lives.

We spoke with Sue via SKYPE Tuesday. It turns out she understands the importance of the back up cameras due to personal experience. “In May 2005, I was backing out of my own driveway, and my youngest daughter decided to go with me. She darted out the front door outside of my peripheral vision and was abe to enter behind my vehicle. I hit her with my car. Thankfully my windows were open, and I heard her screaming. I was able to stop before the tire ran over her. She was injured but she is still with us today.”

Not everyone is as fortunate as Sue. Back up accidents cause roughly 210 deaths a year nationwide, plus 15,000 injuries. Small children, five years old and younger make up 31% of the deaths.

Sue breaks it down this way. “At least 50 children per week go to the emergency room because of being backed over. At least two children per week are killed and in 7% of cases, the driver was the parent or another close relative.”

As the new regulations go into effect, older model vehicles will not be held to the standard right away. But older cars can be outfitted with the video equipment. The Department of Transportation says back up cameras must be able to provide 10-20 feet of visibility behind the vehicle. Experts say it really does make a difference.

Folks throughout the Carolinas seem split on the issue. What do you think?

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