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"Look Again" Campaign To Make Sure Kids Not Left In Hot Vehicles

With summer-like conditions occurring, local police are reminding parents and pet owners that leaving their children or animals in a hot car even for a short time, could be a dangerous situation.
 
“You have to realize that if its 90-degrees outside, it could be 130-degrees inside your car—even if you crack your windows a little bit,” Carrollton Police Captain Chris Dobbs tells WLBB Radio Thursday. “Not only is the extreme heat a danger, but there’s also the problem of leaving your child in an unlocked car alone, even if you think it’s for only a minute. You could have the AC on… and the car running. But, it’s inviting someone to steal that vehicle.”
 
Dobbs says reports locally of children left in hot cars are few and far between, however he does say the department receives numerous calls every summer from concerned residents who see a pet locked in a hot vehicle.
 
He says those concerned callers sometimes question if it’s Okay to break the window to free the pet.
 
Dobbs says evaluate the situation and use common sense.
 
“We suggest you call 911,” Dobbs adds. “We can respond as quickly as we can and then let us take the responsibility for that.”
 
State officials have launched the “Look Again” campaign to encourage people where ever they go, to make sure no child is left inside a hot vehicle.
 
Since 2010, seven children in Georgia have died due to heat stroke after being left inside a vehicle.
 
Filed Under :
Topics : Human Interest
Location : Georgia
People : Chris Dobbs