Children In Hot Cars

By: Ryan Dearbone
By: Ryan Dearbone

"With temperatures being in the mid 90's and the heat index in the lower hundreds leaving a child in a vehicle unattended could cause heat strokes and they could also die," says Kentucky State Police Trooper Michael Hatler.

A national survey conducted by the Department of Geo Sciences at San Francisco State University says that since 1998, 309 children have died of Hyperthermia (or being left in a hot car).

The national average per year sits at 36 children a year.

According to a Hyperthermia fact sheet, if the temperature rises 19 degrees Fahrenheit after ten minutes in a unattended vehicle.

After a 30 minutes, the temperature is 34 degrees hotter than what it is outside the vehicle.

Those who think leaving the child in a car with the vehicle running and the air conditioner on still have other issues to contend with.

"I'd take the extra step and I wouldn't leave a child unattended cause they're liable to put the car in reverse and back up and run over somebody and kill them," continues Trooper Hatler.

Law enforcement officials urge all parents to be mindful when children are involved, especially during this hot, hot summer.

If you leave your children alone in a hot car, you could face criminal charges.

A Kentucky bill, nicknamed "Bryan's Law" says that a person could face second degree manslaughter for leaving a child under 8 years of age in a motor vehicle where circumstances can cause a grave risk of death .

"Bryan's Law" is named in memory of an 11-month old boy out of Winchester who died in 1999 when he was left in a car by his babysitter for two hours in the heat.


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