LUBBOCK, TX -- The U.S. Department of Transportation's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is making it so all new vehicles under 10,000 pounds will be required to have rear visibility technology. We spoke to a local dealer as well as an owner who already has one about the advantages.
Ted Figueroa bought a new Altima in 2012, and at first, was not thinking about adding on a rear view camera or backup sensors. He ended up opting in while choosing a car, and now he said he's glad he did.
"There have been times when people from the nursing home down here are walking by and we fail to see, but the car sees them," Figueroa said.
Come May 2018, the U.S. Department of Transportation's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration will make it so all new cars under 10,000 pounds will need to have some kind of rear visibility technology.
"Hopefully, it'll be great notification, whether you're just backing into a parking spot at Walmart, or it'll save a child's life," Sergeant Jason Lewis said.
Sergent Lewis said every day, the Lubbock Police Department hears about accidents where someone backs into something, and many times, he said they are hit and runs.
"Hopefully that would help to notify people to stop backing up before they run into something behind them and maybe prevent people from having to walk out from Walmart to find that their tail light and back up fender has been crushed in," Sergeant Lewis said.
"Parents are definitely the most concerned about the rear view cameras, when they come in to buy a car, that is one of the first things they ask about, does it have a rear view camera on it," Brent McGavock said.
Brent McGavock, of McGavock Nissan, said many of their cars already have some kind of rear sensor in them, whether it's a camera or just a sensor that will beep if you get too close to something.
"A kid, a dog or any type anything could walk back there and you would have no idea it was back there, so the camera really is a neat safety feature," McGavock said.
If you want to read more about the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's decision, you can check that here.