October 2, 2013
Safety is a big issue for Americans, but many dangers persist simply for lack of political will to confront them.
A case in point involves rearview cameras in cars to prevent deaths and injuries that occur when drivers are backing up. On average, backover car accidents kill some 230 people a year, mostly children and mostly in accidents in which a parent or other relative is driving. Another 18,000 people are injured annually in backover accidents. Yet the Obama administration has balked at carrying out a law that requires rearview technology in new cars.