TRENTON, NJ - Legislation sponsored by Senator Christopher “Kip” Bateman, R-16th to allow drivers taking their road test to use a backup camera has been signed into law by Gov. Chris Christie.

“In a few years, every new car will be required to have a rear-view camera,” Bateman said. “If every car is going to have them, new drivers should know how to use them.”

The measure permits the use of backup cameras, as well as parking sensors, during road tests administered by the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission.

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In 2007, Congress passed the Cameron Gulbransen Kids Transportation Safety Act, which requires all newly manufactured cars to be equipped with a backup camera by May 2018. The act was designed to reduce the number of accidents involving children, people with disabilities, and other pedestrians who often are at the highest risk of being injured in back-over crashes.

“This technology makes driving easier and safer for everyone,” Senator Bateman said. “These cameras and sensors are already in a few cars on the road, but soon, they’ll be a normal part of driving for anyone with a new car. If someone learns how to drive with a camera-equipped car, they should be allowed to use it for their road test.”