As of May 2018, the US Department of Transportation will require (most) new cars and light trucks, weighing under 10,000 lbs, to have rear-facing cameras providing visibility in a 10’ X 20’ zone directly behind the vehicles to help prevent drivers from backing up over anyone.
The law, known as the “Cameron Gulbransen Kids and Cars Act,” is named for a 2-year old boy accidently run over by his father, Dr. Greg Gulbransen (a pediatrician from Oyster Bay, NY) in 2002.
According to the federal government approximately 15,000 people are injured and 210 killed as a result of backover accidents each year, with more than 50% of the victim being either children under the age of 5, or adults over 70 years old.
Although signed by President George W. Bush in 2008, it has been repeatedly delayed by the DOT. The new rule mandates that Gulbransen, and fellow Long Islander Susan Auriemma (who injured her own 3-year old daughter, Kate, in a similar accident) have been fighting to get the law passed with the support of public advocacy groups such as KidsandCar.org., Public Citizen, and Advocates for Highway Safety for years.
“It has been a long fight and this rule took too long, but we are thrilled this day has finally come,” Gulbransen stated.