Target: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)
Goal: Require all newly manufactured vehicles to have rear-mounted cameras installed for safety.
Roughly 200 toddlers die each year from unnecessary traffic incidents involving vehicles reversing without seeing a small child darting behind the car. On top of these tragic deaths, about 15,000 injuries occur each year due to similar circumstances. Why are so many children dying and experiencing traumatic injuries when we possess the technology to prevent it?
Safety advocate Susan Auriemma is demanding that all new vehicles be required to have rear-view cameras that could save children from serious injury or even death. Her own daughter, then three years old, ran behind Auriemma’s vehicle as she was backing up. Auriemma didn’t see her daughter in her rear-view mirror, and her daughter suffered serious injuries, though thankfully she was not killed. Auriemma told ABC News, “Her face was covered in blood, her clothes were torn from the impact and she was screaming, asking me why I had hit her with the car.” The Obama administration has refused to implement a law requiring rear-view cameras in cars, and has instead merely recommended this feature to car manufacturers. Auriemma says, “Adding this as a recommendation simply just underscores it’s an option for a car.” This recommendation does not communicate the seriousness of the need for this safety feature.
Auriemma is partnering with other parents and organizations to sue the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) for failing to push through a law requiring rear-view cameras. Support Auriemma and other concerned parents in demanding that all new vehicles possess this valuable safety feature. If we have the technology available to save lives, it is our duty to implement it. The added cost is nominal, at most adding $200 to the cost of the vehicle. Vehicles should possess the most current safety features to protect children and families from senseless injuries and death.
Dear National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Officials,
Please advocate before Congress for a law requiring that rear-view cameras be installed in all new vehicles, for the safety of our country’s children and pedestrians. It is estimated that 200 children are killed every year due to lack of visibility in traditional rear-view mirrors in our big SUV’s and other popular large-size vehicles. We have the technology to prevent these senseless deaths, and an 15,000 injuries, and it is your responsibility to ensure that we use this technology to protect the safety of our citizens.
Demand that Congress pass a law that requires rear-view cameras in all new vehicles. Save the lives of hundreds of children by taking every precaution to protect their safety.
[Your Name Here]
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