Mother wants government to make vehicle cameras mandatory

BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) - By Sherea Harris

BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) - There's a new push to equip all vehicles with a rear view camera.
One local mother will take her fight for the changes to Washington, D.C..

Last year in Helena, Brandy Dahlen's two year old girl, Abigail, was run over and killed by her neighbor's SUV.

Wednesday, Dahlen will speak at a hearing before the U.S Department of Transportation.
She's hoping to convince officials to make rear view camera systems standard on all vehicles, which helps eliminate dangerous blind spots as drivers back up.

Dahlen strongly believes the camera would have saved her daughter's life.

Dahlen said, "To have an opportunity like this to go and do something positive that might save other children is not an opportunity I can miss. Even though it's going to be extremely difficult to go and speak and tell her story, I think it's vitally important."

Motorist Tommy Faulkner believes the cameras will give drivers an extra set of eyes for safety.

Faulkner said, "Especially if it automatically comes on when they back up. I believe people will use it if they had it."

Another motorist Tiffany Sanders said, "I think it would be a good idea just for that reason, so you can see what's behind you and just to be safe.  You never know."

Dahlen won't attend the hearing alone. Other mothers and fathers who lost children after someone backed over them will speak. Consumer groups as well. Adding the camera to every new vehicle would cost automakers an extra 2.7 billion dollars a year. The costs would be passed along to the car buyer.

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