Delaware law requires backup warning devices on trucks

Sept. 6, 2013

A bill recently signed into law by Delaware Gov. Jack Markell requires all commercial vehicles with a gross weight rating of 26,001 lbs. or more to be equipped with an audible signal letting bystanders know that the vehicle is backing up.

A backup camera in the cab of the truck or an audible device alerting the driver when the vehicle is approaching an object would fulfill requirements of the new law, according to a Merced Sun Star report. The law applies to non-farm vehicles titled on or after Jan. 1.

The new law was named in honor of Dana Martino, a New Castle woman who was struck and killed by a delivery truck in 2009.

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