The Safety Institute asks for your help to support the KidsAndCars.org White House Petition Drive to Stop Needless Child Deaths in Hot Vehicle.
August 4, 2014
The 19th child to die of vehicular-related heat stroke was a 3-year-old boy discovered Wednesday after dying inside a hot car at his home in Sylmar, California. The entire family was napping when somehow the young boy got out of the home and entered the family vehicle.
KidsAndCars.org, the leading national organization solely dedicated to keeping children safe in and around motor vehicles, has noted an increase in the number of heat stroke deaths this year involving children who have entered unlocked vehicles on their own. On a national basis, for the past 20 years, approximately 30 percent of children die in hot cars when they get inside on their own. This year seven of the 19, or 37 percent of children, have died in these circumstances.
KidsAndCars.org launched a “We the People” petition drive on the White House petition website. The petition will urge the White House to authorize the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) to:
- Provide funding for research and development of innovative technology to detect a child in the rear seat when a driver leaves the vehicle and a child is left alone.
- Identify, evaluate and test new technology to accelerate implementation of the most feasible and effective solutions.
- Require installation of technology in ALL vehicles and/or child safety seats to prevent children from being left alone in vehicles
- Go to the White House petition website and sign the petition.
Make kids safer in and around motor vehicles by helping us spread the word! Post the petition on Facebook, websites and other social media sites.
Courtesy of Safety Institute.