initiative awaiting a final vote before the New York Assembly would require
large trucks base-plated in the state to have front-end mirrors installed if
traveling in New York City.
bill, sponsored by Assemblyman Frank Seddio, D-Brooklyn, would apply to all
trucks weighing more than 18,000 pounds.
measure – A9971 – was introduced in response to an accident earlier this year
in Brooklyn, NY, that killed two young boys.
Estrada, 10, and Victor Flores, 11, were waiting to cross the street in Park
Slope when they were struck by the back wheel of a dump truck and dragged
several feet before witnesses alerted the driver to stop, WCBS-TV in New
York City reported. The truck wasn’t equipped with front-end mirrors.
to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, in 2002, more than 1,900
people were killed in front or on the right side of large trucks. And 17,000
people were injured.
said thousands of deaths and injuries could have easily been prevented with the
installation of two inexpensive front-end mirrors.
total cost of this mirror is $58 plus tax for one mirror. Approximately $120 to
install these mirrors on a vehicle, that could absolutely prevent accidents and
probably prevent deaths,” Seddio told the news station.