The nanny state grows: NHTSA to require rear-view cameras in all new cars by 2014

The march of the nanny state continues unabated:

US federal regulators are expected to announce plans this week to require automakers to install rearview cameras in all new cars by 2014, The New York Times reported.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is expected to send its final version of the proposed regulation to Congress on Wednesday, after first proposing the rule change in 2010.
Government statistics show that 228 people of all ages die in the US each year after being hit by passenger vehicles backing up, while roughly 17,000 people are injured.

“We haven’t done anything else to protect pedestrians,” Clarence Ditlow, executive director of the Center for Auto Safety in Washington, told the newspaper. “This is one thing we can do and should do.”

Once rear-view cameras become commonplace, you know drivers will ignore / overlook them.

  • Jim at Conservatives on Fire February 28, 2012 at 1:26 pm

    One more step toward a risk free world. I wonder how many people die falling out of bed? Maybe we should be required to have safety belts on our beds.

    • steve February 28, 2012 at 3:44 pm

      Be careful, someone might get an idea.

  • Bunkerville February 28, 2012 at 2:17 pm

    and which “friend” of Obama makes the mirrors? Just asking.

    • steve February 28, 2012 at 3:44 pm

      I’m confident it is a politically ‘connected’ FoO…

  • geek49203 February 28, 2012 at 11:30 pm

    Okay, hate to be crass here, but such is my nature.

    In a nation of roughly 300 million people, around 100 people a year die from playing American football each year. Another 700 die bicycling. I mean, I do feel for those 228 people, and for their loved ones, but aren’t we really dealing with a very very small problem?

    • steve February 29, 2012 at 6:00 am

      Plus, once a drive is comfortable with having a back up camera- they begin to ignore them. Defeating the purpose of the camera mandate.

  • agry March 3, 2012 at 12:40 pm

    Just another way to price the middle class out of a vehicle.

    • steve March 3, 2012 at 1:04 pm

      Good point.

  • r hebner March 3, 2012 at 1:22 pm

    I’m not allowed to talk on my phone while driving, but looking into a camera image on my dashboard while backing up is a good idea??

    • steve March 3, 2012 at 8:20 pm

      Yep, more bureaucratic nonsense.