Car camera raises debate


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ALBERT LEA, Minn. — A debate is stirring in Washington when it comes to rear view video systems on new vehicles.

The government says it will recommend that new cars have the safety option.

But, safety groups say that is not enough as they want it to be mandatory for new cars.

Currently, car manufacturers have the option of installing the video system in new cars.

Local car dealers say it is a helpful tool, but, with new technology, people need to be aware how to use it.

“You know I can definitely tell something is back there,” Vern Eide Chevrolet Sales Representative Craig Anderson.  “I think your kid leaves a bicycle sitting back there or something before can hit it. Biggest thing though is using it. A lot of people throw it in reverse and back up and don’t really look at it like they should to make sure nothing is back there.”

The option is currently available in seven out of every ten new vehicles as either standard equipment or an option.

Vern Eide tells us they’ve seen more customers coming in and asking about the video system.

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