Dear Care for Crash Victims Community Members:
A citizen who cares alerts us:
Just when you think it can’t get any worse, it has…
We have learned about 2 more deaths that took place over the weekend and now the number of child vehicular deaths has risen to 23. Just two shy of the total number of fatalities that took place last year (25) at this time.
That’s right; four children have died in hot cars since Friday. Two on Friday, (Williamsport, PA & Navarre, FL) one on Saturday (Rocky Comfort, MO) and yet another one on Sunday. (Dallas, TX)
We simply cannot accept these deaths as tragedies and move on. KidsAndCars.org is the only organization that has been in the forefront, working to ensure technology is added to vehicles that can prevent these heartbreaking deaths.
PLEASE add the Look Before You Lock safety messages to your website, articles, TV segments, billboards and anywhere you can reach people who care for our children. Yes, it takes a village…
What is the answer? PLEASE work with us to make sure that technology is finally added to vehicles to prevent these horrific deaths. The auto industry already recognizes that we’re human and our memories often fail us. Today our cars are able to warn us if we leave our headlights on, our keys are in the ignition, our car door is open, if we are low on gas and if our seat belt isn’t buckled. But if a child is left behind, it can be fatal. So we believe it’s reasonable to believe that technology can provide an alert if a child is left alone in a vehicle.
Safety is something every family deserves. It shouldn’t be an option. And it shouldn’t be political. The federal government and automakers, along with safety advocates, have the ability to solve this problem. Why can’t we have technology tell us if a child remains in the car? We can do this. We must do this. It’s about working together to save lives by exploring all available options that would prevent a child from being left behind in a vehicle.
Other life-saving child safety initiatives KidsAndCars.org spearheaded include adoption of federal safety standards requiring all vehicles be equipped with trunk release latches to prevent trunk entrapment, safer power window switches to prevent children from being strangled, and brake transmission shift interlock systems so children cannot inadvertently knock a vehicle into gear. Most recently a federal DOT rule was issued requiring rear visibility systems as standard equipment on all new passenger vehicles by May 2018.
We know technology works. Today, technology saves your car battery. Tomorrow, it could save your child.
Check out some of our accomplishments in 2015: http://conta.cc/24deY6W
Donate Now: http://kidsandcars.org/donate.html