HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — State officials want you to “look before you lock.” It’s all part of a plan to prevent children from being left in hot cars.
It was just about a month ago that a Ridgefield father forgot to drop his 15-month-old at day care and instead left him in the hot car while the dad was at work. This summer, we’ve also seen at least five other times when kids were left in cars and rescued before anything too bad happened.
To try to prevent that from happening any more, the Connecticut Department of Transportation is giving $100,000 to the Injury Prevention Center at Connecticut Children’s Medical Center to fund a public awareness campaign. You can check it out yourself at wheresbaby.org. It’s called Look Before you Lock.
“This is a combination of careless, negligence, but also a lack of information and a lack of knowledge. There is no forgiving a parent who leaves their kid in a hot car, but we can’t punish the kid by refusing to give information to the parents, and that is what this campaign is really all about,” said Senator Chris Murphy.
A lot of interesting facts on there; cracking the windows of your car doesn’t really help lower the temperature much, parking in the shade helps but not enough, little kids are much more susceptible to heat stroke that adults, and 30 percent of hot care deaths happen because the child got into a car without the parents even knowing.
The public awareness campaign kicked off at Connecticut Children’s Medical Center with Connecticut Senators Richard Blumenthal and Chris Murphy, and Lt. Governor Nancy Wyman. There will be billboards and radio ads, plus bumper stickers spreading the message. Remember, not only is it dangerous for the kids, but illegal.