Governor says 'Look again; Kids in hot cars'

Governor says 'Look again; Kids in hot cars'

ATLANTA, GA (WALB) - Governor Nathan Deal, First Lady Sandra Deal, and leaders of several state agencies called for families and caregivers of children to be on alert so that children are never left unattended in vehicles.

They had a demonstration at the State Capitol to show how quickly temperatures rise in a closed vehicle, and they hope this will help prevent children's heatstroke deaths this summer.

“During our state's hot summer months, there is a higher risk of serious injury or death as a result of a child being left alone inside a vehicle,” said Gov. Deal. “Since 2010, seven children in Georgia have died due to vehicular heatstroke. I ask that all Georgians join me in preventing future loss of life by being aware of your surroundings and never leaving a child in a car, even for just a minute. Lives can be saved if we take the time to Look Again.”

“We as parents and grandparents work hard to keep our children safe and out of harm's way,” said Mrs. Deal. “By increasing awareness and reminding your family and friends to Look Again, together we can prevent future tragedies here in Georgia.”

Amy M. Jacobs, Commissioner of Bright from the Start: Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning (DECAL), said over 370,000 children in Georgia are cared for daily by approximately 5,300 child care providers most of whom regularly transport children to and from home, after school to the child care center, and on field trips.

"We receive calls about incidents where children are left in vehicles from a few minutes to several hours, and we investigate each incident," Jacobs explained. "According to our records, in FY2013, 17 children were left in vehicles by child care providers; 18 in FY2014; and 4 in 2015. 

While, thankfully, we have not seen any heat stroke related deaths in child care centers since 2011, these dangerous close calls are completely unacceptable. Consequently, safely transporting children will remain a focus for our agency."

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