Today is National Heatstroke Prevention Day, and law enforcement agencies are hitting Twitter to remind people of the dangers of leaving children and animals in hot cars.
“Parents who have suffered the loss of a child from vehicular heatstroke will join safety advocates to call on the U.S. Senate to enact the Helping Overcome Trauma for Children Alone in Rear Seats (HOT CARS) Act (S. 1666)” according to a news release from Advocates for Highway & Auto Safety and KidsAndCars.org.
The HOT CARS Act would “require cars to be equipped with existing technology to alert motorists that a child is in the rear seat when the car is turned off,” the release said.
Sens. Richard Blumenthal, Democrat of Connecticut, and Al Franken, Democrat of Minnesota, are the chief sponsors.
Two children, a 1-year-old and a 7-month-old, died within 24 hours last week in Phoenix.