It happens rarely, but when it does happen it’s tragic. The government estimates about 100 lives per year will be saved and up to 8,000 injuries could be prevented if all vehicles had back-up cameras. How they determined half of the deaths would be prevented with government-mandated back-up cameras, I don’t know, but the mantra from government seems always to be if it saves one life …
Can kids be safe in a car? Can kids be safe on a school bus? Can kids safely play in the driveway? Is it safe to walk in a parking lot? How about in a pool?
I’d be comfortable saying kids are more than 99.99 percent safe in all of the above situations, yet still unfortunate accidents will happen. Along with the fact these federal mandates are unconstitutional, these regulations are generally born from high-profile incidents where statists demand the government does something. Instead of providing a teachable moment for politicians and leaders, they provide for another never let a crisis go to waste opportunity to implement a federal mandate. From CNN.
The rule was demanded by legislation passed in 2007, called Cameron Gulbransen Kids Transportation Safety Act. The act was named after a 2-year-old boy who was killed, when his father accidentally backed over him in the family’s driveway.
“There is no more tragic accident than for a parent or caregiver to back out of a garage or driveway, and kill or injure an undetected child playing behind the vehicle,” said Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood in a statement. “The changes we are proposing today will help drivers see into those blind zones directly behind vehicles, to make sure it is safe to back up.”
To be clear, if the market wants to have back-up cameras in their cars, manufactures will provide that option. They have already begun to do so. Why does the government have to mandate this?
My neighbors daughter was ran over in a parking lot in December. Her leg was broken, but she’ll be OK. The driver was older and hit the gas instead of the break. A back-up camera would not have stopped this accident. I frequently wonder if the back-up cameras will result in other types of accidents while the driver concentrates on the dashboard screen instead of the kid riding his bike down the sidewalk.
Exit question: What’s the difference between the federal government mandating back-up cameras in cars to prevent tragic accidents, and the federal government mandating kids wear life jackets when swimming in backyard swimming pools to prevent tragic accidents?