How the Rear Visibility Standard Was Won

Rear Visibility Standard – We won!

March 31, 2014 the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) issued a long-delayed auto safety standard to improve vehicle’s’ rear visibility and prevent deaths that occur when drivers back into people whom they cannot see. In a 2008 law named after Cameron Gulbransen, who was killed in such a crash at age 2, Congress directed DOT to issue a rear visibility standard by 2011. The Obama Administration flouted the deadline and did not issue the rule until March 31, 2014, after a coalition of safety advocates, including Cameron’s father, sued DOT. DOT issued the new standard one day before a federal appeals court was to hear argument on whether to order DOT to do so.

How a small White House agency stalls life-saving regulations (Oct. 28, 2015, Reuters, Scot Paltrow)

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