As we continue to move into the hotter portion of the summer, it is important for us to remember our kids in cars. “An average of 38 children die each year in the United States from vehicular heatstroke.” Automobiles now a days seem to come with so many different safety precautions that keep us from putting our vehicles, ourselves, and others in hazardous situations. Yet, when it comes to a child being left in the backseat of a hot car, there is no built in warning sign to remind parents/caregivers. Consequently, Kids and Cars, a nonprofit organization that advocates for children’s traffic safety, is trying to change that.
The organization has filed a petition with the White House to get the federal government to provide funds for research and development of technology needed to remind people of children in the backseat. So far in 2014, there have been 17 such deaths in the U.S. and Kids and Cars is taking a stand against this epidemic. “In the petition, Kids and Cars asks the Obama administration to provide funding for researching new technology, to identify feasible and effective solutions and to require installation of the technology in all vehicles, or alternatively, all child safety seats. The petition must collect 100,000 signatures by August 13 to ensure the White House staff will review it and send it to the Department of Transportation.” Click here to view source.