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Henrico mom says fight will continue for back-up cameras


A Henrico mom promises to continue her fight to prevent deadly back-up accidents after a federal law passed Monday that requires rear cameras in all vehicles under 10,000 pounds.

Two-hundred people die every year from back-up accidents and most of those victims are children. The federal government is mandating that every car made on or after May 1, 2018 must have a back-up camera.

"It's too little, too late for a lot of kids including my own child," said Meredyth Bryant. Her daughter Annabelle died May 4, 2005 after a contractor backed over her in the family's Glen Allen driveway.

"The first thing he said was, 'I couldn't see her,'" said Bryant.

Bryant has been fighting for legislation requiring back-up cameras for seven years and has even created a non-profit with her husband called "Annabelle's Angels."

The new requirement wouldn't come into effect until 2018 and Bryant says it's only a start.

"I was really excited and just happy it's finally here and done," said Bryant. "But you still have everyone who's driving vehicles that aren't brand new and don't have a camera on there."

There are ways to get cameras retrofitted to vehicles that aren't already there. Back-up lenses help increase visibility and cost about $20. A back-up camera runs anywhere from $100-$500.

Bryant says that's a worthy investment especially if you consider what a back-up accident could really cost you.

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