Potential drawbacks to using back-up cameras

About 210 people die each year from cars backing up

CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) – In just a few years, all vehicles less than 10,000 pounds will have to have rear visibility systems, more commonly known as back-up cameras.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration‘s new ruling requires vehicles manufactured on or after May 1st 2018 to come with detection systems that show a 10-foot by 20-foot zone, directly behind the car. Many drivers believe it’s still very important to develop the habit of checking all the blind spots.

“I think people are distracted drivers. If they are not relying on that, they are looking at their phones to text or change the music,” said Amanda Graziano of Northampton.

According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, about 210 people die each year because they were hit by cars backing up. Most of them are children under the age of 5.

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