New law requires backup warning devices on trucks

That beeping sound you hear when trucks are backing up could soon be more common in Delaware.

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

A backup camera visible in the cab of the vehicle or an audible device alerting the driver when the vehicle is approaching an object also would suffice under the new law.

The law applies to non-farm vehicles titled on or after Jan. 1.

The new law will be 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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