I reported last May in a posted entitled “Truck Crossover Mirrors To Be Required” that a cross over mirror law was “picking up steam” and now, as of January 13, 2012, it is the law in New York. All trucks now are required to have them.
These special mirrors allow truck drivers to see pedestrians who are immediately in front of their vehicles. Crossover mirrors eliminate a truck’s front end “blind spot” (see below) and, therefore, should reduce pedestrian accidents.
Crossover mirrors are not a new idea, however. School buses have been required to have them since the 1970s. It is long overdue for trucks to have them too.