Families call for rear-mounted cameras on cars
WASHINGTON (CNN) - Every year, more than 200 people are killed and thousands injured when drivers back up. In 2008, Congress took action but today, five years later, that action is stuck in neutral.
Brandy and Michael Dahlen's daughter Abigail should be turning 5-years-old but in 2010, a teenage neighbor accidentally backed over her when she chased a ball into his driveway.
Abigail died at the hospital.
"It's awful. Every day, still. It's three years today and it's still awful every single day," Brandy said.
Over time, the Dales have forgiven their neighbor but their frustration with Washington is mounting. In 2008, Congress passed a law requiring new cars have rear-mounted video cameras.
it gave the Department of Transportation until 2011 to come up with the rule. In 2013, that mandate still hasn't been issued so the Dahlens joined other families in Washington, DC this week to demand action.
"Every day of delay is outrageous," said Joan Claybrook, a former National Highway and Traffic Safety Administration head, "and we hope our message is heard today in Detroit and in the White House."
The Department of Transportation said the rule remains under review.