Senate approves legislation to allow side view vehicle cameras
LANSING-The Senate today approved legislation that will allow side view cameras and certain emergency first responder equipment to be installed in vehicles, said Sen. Randy Richardville.
"Current state law prohibits auto manufacturers from installing these valuable safety devices," said Richardville, R-Monroe. "The cameras allow drivers to see children and pets behind their vehicles that they may miss otherwise."
House Bill 5021, sponsored by Rep. Kathy Angerer, D-Dundee, permits the installation of side view cameras and emergency first responder equipment.
Richardville sponsored a technical amendment to improve the consistency of the bill's language and made a procedural motion on the Senate floor today to discharge the measure from the Senate Transportation Committee.
"The Senate approved similar legislation last fall," Richardville said. "We know that this is an important issue for Michigan drivers and car manufacturers, so it was important for the Senate to move in a bipartisan, bicameral fashion and pass this bill."
Under the legislation, aftermarket audio entertainment and global position systems could also be mounted on the windshield or above the dashboard as long as they do not interfere with the driver's view or control.
The measure has received support from the Michigan State Police, General Motors, the Ford Motor Company, Toyota, the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers, and the Michigan secretary of state.
Posted: Tuesday, February 19, 2008
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