Since 1998, over 700 children have died from being left in hot cars. Most
children who die in hot cars are under two years old. Since the beginning
of 2017, twenty-three children have already died in hot cars. In most
of these cases, according to
NoHeatStroke.org, the caregiver responsible has simply forgotten the child in the backseat.
One psychology professor says that this happens because multiple parts of brain are responsible for
things like remembering routine and creating plans. Sometimes, because
of factors like unusual stress or a change in routine, they compete with
each other, causing the person to forget the child in the backseat.
What is being done to prevent this?
This past June, the
Helping Overcome Trauma for Children Alone in Rear Seats Act (HOT CARS
Act of 2017) was introduced in the House of Representatives. This bill would require
that cars have technology to create an auditory or visual alert if someone
is left in the back seat after the car is turned off. Should this bill
be passed, the Secretary of Transportation would have to rule that all
new cars need to have this technology. This ruling would have to go into
effect by September of two years after the ruling is issued. The bill
also requires that states use a portion of the funding that they would
receive because of the bill to educate the public on the dangers of leaving
unattended passengers in cars.
Requiring that this technology be put in all new cars could be a big step
forward in preventing accidental deaths due to children being left in hot cars.
Washington DC personal injury attorneys
at Regan Zambri Long, PLLC wish you a safe and happy summer. Keep checking
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