July 2, 2009
As the heat rises, so do the hot-car related deaths.
The organization KidsAndCars.org, estimates a child dies every 10 days in this country due to being unintentionally left in a vehicle.
Now, the organization is proposing new legislation for seat belt sensors that would allow the driver to know if someone is still in the backseat when they are locking the car. If the legislation is passed, the organization says these sensors would be much like the warnings we get when we've left the keys in the ignition, or our headlights on.
Many parents feel, 'This will never happen to me', and aren't concerned with this type of legislation.
But for parents Phillip and Gretchen Greer, they say although they are very careful, they can see why, with hectic lifestyles, a mistake like this can be made.
"I know how many times I've left my keys in the car or I've left a bag in the car and just got out and hit the door lock... so to say that I would never forget...I think when you get that confidence, that's when problems arise."
Gretchen says in order to make sure everyone is together, they work as a team.
"We walk out as a group. No one leaves until we are all ready. We get the boys into the car and then now, we have a newborn who is relying on us to get her in and out. We've got to be attentive at all times."
KidsAndCars.org recommends these steps to keeping your children safe.